In 1892, Emily, newly arrived in the hamlet of Alderpoint, California, was reluctantly coerced-largely by the five diabolically red-haired MacCullum males-into teaching their tiny school. Untrained and unwilling, she faced fifteen assorted hellions, particularly wicked Robbie and the judgmental Archie. Cindy-Lou wept, Calvin wet himself, Willie lied and Erma-Jean argued. Worse, the school itself seemed to gloom at her even in the hot California sunlight. But the realistic Emily would have jeered the notion that it could be haunted. It was.