The St. James Orphanage fire, which in 1910 claimed the lives of twenty children and two adults, had for years fueled the imaginations of the people of Elkville. Rumors of ghastly screams and ghostly flames appearing at the abandoned orphanage grounds in the dead of night spread throughout the town and beyond its borders.
In 1962, cousins Tom and Chris Sabo, already intrigued by the mystery but further inspired by a news story in the Elkville Chronicle, meet an eccentric old man who seems to have direct ties to the orphanage and its legendary past. The two boys, along with their new neighbor Sharon Smith, thus embark on a frightening trail fraught with adventure and danger as they search for and at last discover, during an unforgettable climax, the shocking truth about the tragedy at St. James Orphanage.
"Are you planning on making the adventures of Tom and Chris a trilogy?? Wow, I really loved this story. Tom and Chris are great role models. They are natural, mischievous, and curious. Although they take risks, it is always to solve problems or help others. They're cool! The real kind of cool!"
---Kim S., Westlake, OH
"This is a fun, quick read. It's easy to get caught up in this high-action, fast-paced story about two adventurous teens who are on a mission to find out the truth about twenty innocent orphans dying in a fire that never should have happened. Make sure you have a few hours in a row to read because you won't want to put it down until you get to the end."
---Julie O., North Olmsted, OH
"This is a great book with excitement at every turn. I couldn't put it down. It would make a great movie!"