Orphaned by the death of her grandmother and her father's disappearance, 9-year-old Wise Child is taken in by Juniper, a healer and sorceress. Soon enough, the young girl finds herself flourishing under Juniper's care--learning about herbal lore, and even introductory magic. But just as she begins to feel at home in the Scottish village, the girl's mother--the black witch Maeve--returns. Forced to choose between Maeve and Juniper, Wise Child has a difficult decision to make. She could stay with Juniper or leave with Maeve and adopt a life of luxury. In making her choice, Wise Child comes to discover her own growing supernatural powers and true loyalties. As the story unfolds, Maeve's evil magic--a mysterious plague--and the fears of villagers put Wise Child and Juniper in very real danger. Make sure you discover more about this fascinating world in Monica Furlong's classic prequel, Juniper.