Twig is an only child as far as the townspeople know. They don't realize that her older brother James lives in the attic, out at Fowler Farm. Twig's mother returned to the family farm late at night when Twig was small. The rules were set right then and there. The Fowlers kept to themselves; made no friends; excepted no visitors. 200 years before, Agnes Early, who lived in abandoned Mourning Dove Cottage, put a curse on all the men in the Fowler family.
The town of Sidwell accepts their own, no matter how strange they behave. Besides, with a series of small thefts, reports of strange things flying at night and weird graffiti, the townsfolk can't worry about the Fowler women.
Then, one day, Mourning Dove Cottage is no longer abandoned. Twig finds a friend. James finds a reason to come out of hiding. And the Fowler family finds themselves in the spotlight.
The story is compelling. The characters well-drawn and sympathetic. The dilemma faced by all the young people in this book is troublesome. How do they protect James from people who might misunderstand his differences? How can they break the curse?
I never felt that the book was written for young people. There was a measured pace - not that things didn't happen quickly enough. They did. But the pace seemed better suited to more seasoned readers. As things became complicated, though, I felt the author explained feelings too much. I wasn't sure she trusted her audience. These two things made a stellar book a little less starry.
The story is the kind we fall asleep dreaming of - possibilities, hopes and moonlight. Enjoy.