description of book :
Catherine Carreg has grown up a tomboy, spending her days racing her ponies with Deio, the drover's son, in a small Welsh village. But Catherine is consumed by a longing to escape the monotony of village life and, with Deio's help, runs away to London.
Catherine finds a position in a rest home for sick governesses in Harley Street, run by Miss Nightingale. When Russell's despatches from Scutari shock the Secretary for War into sending nurses to the Crimea, Catherine volunteers.
Arriving in Scutari, Catherine is pitched into a living nightmare. In appalling conditions, and battling incompetence, lack of supplies and disease, Catherine must grow up quickly and painfully against traumatic events that will shape history.