Little Bird has landed in America, far from her home in Scotland and far from the danger that stalked her family.
But the new world holds new perils, and soon she's on the run again.
From the teeming streets of New York to the prairies of the west, Little Bird holds tight to secrets and dreams of freedom.
Then, on her journey, she comes face-to-face with an unwelcome ghost from the past...
Karen McCombie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, where the view from her bedroom was of the steely North Sea, dotted with oil rigs. But memories of childhood holidays spent in the heather-covered Highlands are what's lodged in her DNA and these helped inform Little Bird.
Karen now lives in London with her very Scottish husband Tom, English daughter Milly (who's been taught to say "loch" in the correct way) and a Scottish Wildcat (near enough).