By Kate Mosse

A brief learn - a part of the area e-book DAY 2009 literacy initiative for emergent readers. March 1928. Freddie Smith is on a motoring vacation within the mountains of south west France. he's stuck in a violent typhoon and his vehicle crashes. he's pressured to hunt safeguard in a boarding apartment within the within reach village of Axat. There he meets one other visitor within the tiny inn, a light and gorgeous younger lady referred to as Marie. because the hurricane rages outdoors, she explains how the sector was once ripped aside via wars of faith within the 14th century. She tells how, one negative evening in March 1328, all of the population of Axat have been compelled to escape from the warriors into the mountains. The villagers took shelter in a cave, but if the combating was once over, not anyone got here again. Their our bodies have been by no means came upon. Axat itself grew to become a ghost city. whilst Freddie wakes the next morning, Marie has long gone. Worse nonetheless, his motor vehicle will take a number of days to fix and he has to stick on the boarding residence for a number of days extra. To move the time, he explores the mountains. Then he realises it really is virtually six hundred years to the day because the villagers disappeared. He makes a decision to move and search for the cave himself. might be, he thinks, he could even locate Marie? it's a determination he'll dwell to remorse.

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