|Nine Mile Creek
1914, the other in 1958. Two young women, MARGARET STANTON, and her
grandmother, LILLIAN, collide in an adventure across time in the same farmhouse, the
same town, the same amusement park. Margaret uses her vivid imagination, her
determination, and the details of stories about the olden days to solve a mystery in the
attic, to heal the wounds of her fractured family. The landscape is an overlay of two
worlds, one of trolley cars, horses and buggies—the other of a rambling old farmhouse
in a small mill town in the 1950s.
ever known, her friends, her beloved AUNT MAGGIE, and move to the abandoned
family farmhouse in the small Upstate New York town.
mysterious treasure. They’ve uncovered a piece of antique jewelry in the forbidden
attic, a bat-filled, dusty garret that has been out of bounds for two generations. The old
house is filled with ghosts of her great grandparents, her grandparents—ghosts of her
father’s childhood. She and FRANCINE embark on an adventure to solve the mystery of
the ruby necklace—the cryptic message written on frayed notepaper referring to a
“GREEN ROCK.” Certain there is a story to be solved, they set out to find the green
rock. Margaret enlists the help of ELEANOR, the elderly neighbor-lady who grew up on
the farm with Margaret’s grandmother Lillian.
join their gang, and they seal their loyalty with a blood oath. They build a fort in a
cutbank along the creek from where they stage their search for the rock and more
clues. Margaret wins her place among the tough boys by crossing the trestle towering
above Nine Mile Creek and finding hidden caves deep in the woods.
LIZZY, at the Fourth of July parade and carnival. Her sister is lost, and Margaret has
given her up for dead as night falls and fireworks fill the sky above Nine Mile Valley.
she really wants is her parents’ love, her sister’s safe return, and the redemption of
their family. She has grown up on the stories, told to her by her grandparents and her
Great Aunt Maggie, of the horse and buggy days, of life on the farm. In desperation,
she enters the damp, dark cave alone in the middle of the night where she encounters
a young Lillian who helps her future granddaughter come to grips with her life.
century—is faced with her brother’s betrayal and a near-fatal barn fire on the Fourth of
July when she is supposed to be watching the farm.
they both long to please. Their desire for freedom from Nine Mile Valley conflicts with
their desire for their fathers’ approval. Lillian may help Margaret understand that
contrary to what she had thought, there’s no where else she wants to be but the farm
on the banks of Nine Mile Creek.
where she has gone to search for the missing Lizzy, where she has crept beyond the
depths of her worst fears to try to find her sister before it’s too late, the truth about the
necklace is revealed. The Rock is not what Margaret has imagined, and it’s not until the
its identity and meaning are revealed in a heartwarming surprise that Margaret’s
determination and her keen affection for her family mend two generations of heartbreak.