In Restoration London, sixteen-year-old Meg Moore issomething of an anomaly. Unlike other girls her age, Meg poresover books. She spends long hours conversing with the famousauthors and poets who visit her father's bookstore, and evenwrites her own stories, laboring over every word until her handis black with ink. Without warning, however, Meg comes tolearn exactly how powerful words can be. The day her bestfriend's brother Edward sets sail for Italy, Meg scoffs at hisattempts at romance by answering him with a thoughtless jest.Soon news travels to London that Edward's ship has beencaptured and he has been sold as a slave in North Africa andMeg cannot shake the thought that her cruel words are thecause. Now Meg must use her fiery language to bring Edwardhome, imploring her fellow Londoners to give all that they canto buy Edward's freedom. But once Meg learns to direct thepower behind her words, will she be able to undo the damageshe has caused, and write freely the stories that she longs to putto paper?This inspired sequel to At the Sign of the Star continues Meg'sstory with elegance and lan.