At fourteen, orphan Zaidee Vivian is a cherished member of her late uncle's family. She is shocked when an old will is found which makes her the rightful owner of the family house and lands. Rather than see her beloved relatives disinherited, young Zaidee runs away; and various adventures follow while her family search for her.
Biographical and other notes
The descriptions of Germany were based on Mrs Oliphant's memories of her wedding tour in 1852.
In this early novel there are touches of Margaret Oliphant's distinctive humour and irony, though not yet fully developed into her mature style.
British publishing information
Periodical: Blackwood's Magazine Dec 1854 - Dec 1855
First edition: William Blackwood and Sons 1855 (1856 on title page)