Mrs. DiAngeli is one of the few Catholics in the area. She has artistic gifts and visions that arouse fear and suspicion in the small village. Fueled by religious zeal, the villagers' distrust first focuses on Mrs. DiAngeli, then includes Rosemary's strange older sister as well. As Rosemary hears threats to the safety of those she loves, she begins to question the security of the small community.
Frances Wood's magical novel captures the rich fabric of village life in the early years of our country. With her warm narration, Barbara Caruso highlights young Rosemary's natural curiosity and growing awareness of life's choices.