Melissa Macdonnel is a fourteen year old high schooler, living in Salem, Massachusetts. Melissa and her best friend, Ryanne (Ri-ann) Forester, are on a swim team together. When the girls have the chance to participate in the Coldwater Swim Tournament, everything seems to be going their way. Or it does, until tragedy strikes. A terrible swimming accident leaves Ryanne stuck in a hospital for a week, and Melissa and her mother at a nearby hotel. With nothing to do, Melissa begins wandering around the town near the hospital. One day, she walks into the Massachusetts' Historical Society. Bored, Melissa begins to research her family. She stumbles upon a mystery of the past, and Maureen German, the Historian, sends her back in time to figure it out. Melissa finds herself living with her distant family, in 17th century Salem. Melissa meets the mystery--Hazel Macdonnel--and lives by her side through the hardest time of her life. With a little love, anger, and some tears along the way, Melissa manages to get back home, now knowing the hidden truth about her family. Witch Hazel is a Historical Fiction novel, based in Salem, Massachusetts, during the year 1692. Witch Hazel is the first novel in the Historical Society Collection series.