Ada is a girl who lives in the city of London, her mum is an alcoholic that hates Ada. Ava was born with a club foot and her mum is ashamed of her foot and is ashamed of her. Ada's mum locks her up in a cupboard if she is 'bad'. Ada is miserable!
Eww they smell bad and are dirty!
Ada is not aloud outside and if she ever tries to leave she is beaten and locked in the cupboard with the cockroaches she has to watch her brother Jamie, play outside.
One day the war alarm goes off and Ada's mum sends Jamie off so he can escape the war. But Ada decides to sneak out with him and they take off to a far away town.
They arrive at a church where they are assigned to home but no one wants these filthy kids but one women called Mrs. Smith. but Ada isn't sure if she can trust Mrs. Smith yet. But Jamie is excited. Mrs. Smith isn't too excited about them though.
Mrs. Smith shows the Kids her home and the kids slowly warm up to her and Mrs. Smith warms up to them. They learn about each other and become good friends and Ada starts to learn how to ride Mrs. Smith's horse Butter.
One day Mrs. Smith gets a letter in the mail. It is from Ada's original Mum. She says ''You can't take my kids and I want them back bring them back to me!" So Ada, Jamie and Mrs. Smith go to London. But when they arrive bombs had just hit and they realised Ada's mum is gone. Jamie is very sad. To be continued in the next book...