Fifteen-year-old Isabella Rockwell's bones ache with homesickness. But home is 8000 miles away in northern India, and Isabella is imprisoned in the bitter winter of 19th century London. Sent to England after her father goes missing in a violent battle, Isabella runs away from a life of drudgery and hardship. Rescued from death by a gang of street urchins, Isabella finds the shelter and love she so desperately craves.
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Sixteen year-old Isabella lives in 19th-century India, where her father is missing in action. With her street-urchin friend, Midge, she sets out on a mission to find him while delivering a vital malaria cure on the way. But when the two get caught up in the malevolent plans of a diamond mogul, everyone's fate depends upon Isabella. She can save her friend and the countless sick who are in jeopardy only if she can find the courage to put others before herself.