Spain is a country torn apart by civil war.
Nick has come from Scotland in search of his father - who left the family home three years ago to fight in Spain. He never came back.
Spain is a dangerous place for a boy with no identity papers. Nick has been told to trust no one. But then ill, and desperate, he meets Isabel, the daughter of a sergeant in the dreaded Civil Guard. She offers him help. But can he trust her?
Joan Lingard was born in Edinburgh but spent her childhood in Belfast. She has written more than twenty novels for young people, including the groundbreaking Kevin and Sadie books, set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. 2003 is the 30th anniversary of Puffin's first edition of THE TWELFTH DAY OF JULY. Joan Lingard lives in Edinburgh with her husband.