Meggie and Mo are just about as content as a father and daughter can be. Living together in an old farmhouse for the time being, Meggie isn't even bothered by all the moving around they do as long as she has her dad and her books. When a mysterious stranger appears at Meggie's window in the middle of the night, Meggie and her dad escape to Meggie's great Aunt Elinor's.
Meggie soon learns of her dad's amazing ability to read characters right out of books and into reality. While Meggie is both impressed and envious of this talent, it is soon clear that her father has altered their lives forever by using his gift unintentionally. Struggling to find her way out of a dark and desperate situation, Meggie soon learns the truth about her family's past and her own special gifts.
This is a great novel about inner-strength and family. It is also entertaining and fun to read. Funke reminds readers that even gifts come with a price.