Amidst the falling bombs in London, siblings Nick and Carrie were evacuated to Wales for safety. Hoping for a loving home, they were disappointed with their dilapidated accommodation and unfriendly guardians, leaving them feeling alone and longing for home.
One story reigned supreme in Druids Bottom, the tale of a young African boy who arrived as a slave and died shortly after.
Legend had it that his skull must be kept in the house or something terrible would occur. Even Mr. Johnny, who had heard the story countless times before, couldn't get enough of it.
Although initially frightening, Mr. Johnny's soft voice and eerie smile endeared him to the children, and he and Nick would often engage in lengthy conversations, despite Nick struggling to grasp some of his words.
The story had become a unifying thread in their community, weaving together their past and present in a hauntingly beautiful way.
Living away from their family, Nick and Carrie adjusted to their new surroundings and began to enjoy their new life.
The only thorn in their side was Mr. Evans, but they managed to avoid him. However, their contentment was disrupted by the news of Ms. Gotobed's passing.
Although Mr. Evans and his sister had not spoken in years, the children still sympathized with him. But Mr. Evans seemed more interested in claiming Druids Bottom than mourning his sister's death.
He even went as far as to claim that he had seen Ms. Gotobed's will and searched the house for it, but to no avail. Hephzibah was clueless about any will, leaving Nick and Carrie suspicious of Mr. Evans' intentions.
Mr. Evans was fixated on acquiring Druids Bottom and spared no expense hiring lawyers to prove his claim.
To Nick and Carrie's dismay, it turned out he had a right to the property. Hephzibah, Albert, and Mr. Evans were given a month to vacate the premises, which devastated Hephzibah.
The children watched her mourn her beloved home, knowing how much it meant to her. Nick and Carrie were outraged at Mr. Evans' heartlessness.
How could he kick out good people like Hephzibah and Albert from their home? The children couldn't comprehend his callousness.