"Train trips through a countryside teeming with bandits. Being carried in a sedan chair up the spine-chillingly narrow path of a mountain. Looking back, it does now seem to be a childhood full of excitement, although we never thought so at the time."
Barbara Brooks Wallace writes of her childhood in China, from which all of the events in this book are drawn. "That was because through it all, as children, we were so protected, as much so as Chinese curios in their padded silk brocade boxes, always watched over by a parent or a devoted amah."