Ten-year-old Frankie is desperately lonely. It's been a year since her parents died and she had to move away from the only people she loves. Her foster family taunts and abuses her every day because, according to them, she's t a proper girl. Then one day, Frankie's courage and adventurous spirit-the very things that so enrage the people around her-lead her to explore the grounds of an abandoned estate said to be haunted. There she meets Louie, a boy she suspects is a ghost . . . until she realizes she has somehow crossed over to the year 1870.