After ten-year-old Mae Clemens discovers a wood nymph hiding on her father's farm, helping this strange visitor to return home proves far more troublesome--and dangerous--than either had imagined. Set in dusty California, 1860, Oakwood Grange tells of the hardships of a young girl in a turbulent frontier town, a place where children have gone missing and where some have turned up dead, and where Mae's bright hopes of finally settling down are threatened by dark mysteries and deeply-rooted secrets. Yet stranger still are the odd doings of her tree-obsessed companion: a girl without a name who summons thunderstorms and talks to animals and whose carefree nature seems to contradict the harsh realities of life that Mae has grown accustomed to. Outlaws. Violence. Starvation. Disease. To survive, hardy practicality is needed--not the wishful fantasies of make-believe. But what if magic does exist? What if Mae's new friend is not the lunatic lost child that she first appears to be but rather someone in command of wild supernatural powers? If so, perhaps together they can save the few remaining children of the town and solve the riddle of the growing darkness that besets them all.