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The diary of Lily Hicks, London 1850-1851: 'The Crystal Palace is more wonderful every time we go, with coloured light everywhere so airy and delicate, but strong. Master has made a miracle, everybody says so. And as for the exhibits inside, there are more and more every day'.
Chandra is looking forward to her arranged marriage - her new husband is open-minded and modern-thinking. But when he dies shortly after their wedding Chandra realizes that she is now the property of her husband's family who blame her for their son's death. She escapes into the desert and eventually finds her way home - but her husband's family are hot on her heels.
Juliet wants to prove to her father that a girl can be just as good as a boy when it comes to business and so she changes places with her brother and sets sail on her father's ship on its next voyage to Africa and America. But Juliet's adventure turns into a nightmare when she realizes the full horror of the trade her father is engaged in - the slave trade, at its height in the late eighteenth century. BLAn exciting story dealing with important issue of slavery in context of a very readable, swashbuckling adventure story.
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