Pip and her twin brother, Tim, awaken an alchemist's son from a centuries-long slumber when their family moves to an old English country estate, and he enlists them in the fight against an evil alchemist who seeks to create a homunculus.
A well-known writer of fiction and non-fiction in England, Martin Booth wrote several books for young people including Panther, P.O.W. and War Dog. His adult novel, The Industry of Souls, was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He passed away in February 2004.