Damaris Crocker, a young girl living in smuggling country, whose dearest wish is for a flame-colored taffeta petticoat, works with her friend Peter and Genty Small the Wise Woman to save the life of a wounded young man brought to them by the smugglers
When twelve-year-old Damaris discovers a young men who has been shot in the woods near her house, she doesn't stop to worry that he may be a smuggler or a spy wanted by King George's Customs House men. Instead, she turns to those she can trust—her best friend, Peter, and Genty Small the Wise Woman—for help in saving his life. And after Tom Wildgoose recovers enough to be able to talk about himself, but chooses to be evasive when answering Damaris's questions, she doesn't really mind. What is important to Damaris is that he will be leaving soon, taking away all the adventure and mystery he had suddenly brought into her life.
But then Tom is captured by Mr. Farrington, who threatens to turn him over to the authorities. In a true act of loyalty, Damaris jeopardizes her own safety to try to rescue the mysterious young man and set him free once again.
—from the dust jacket
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