Lucy, a rather spoiled almost-eleven-year-old, gets a very special birthday present from her grandmother. This gift, a star ruby ring, has been passed down for generations through Lucy's family. The evening before her birthday, Lucy discovers the magical secret of the ring: "The secret of this Ruby Ring Is that two wished it can bring"... Twisting the ring and making her first wish, Lucy finds herself transported to a far away time, that of Ireland in 1885, a time of unrest, evictions, and boycotting. At first, Lucy is intrigued by Langley Castle and its inhabitants, but soon she missed her family and friends. When she decides to use her second wish to go home, Lucy discovers that the ring has disappeared.Can Lucy convince young Robert that she is from another age? Will he help her to retrieve the ruby ring, or will Lucy be trapped forever in a bygone age?
Published by The Children's Press, Dublin, 1991. Winner of the Bisto Award for 1st Novel, 1991.