Cecile's summer is off to a glowing start. she love spending time with her older brother, Armand, who is finally home from France. And she and her new friend Marie-Grace enjoy helping at a nearby orphanage, playing with the children. But a shadow falls over the bright summer when Cecile hears that a terrible sickness--yellow fever--is preading in New Orleans. Whe n yellow fever strikes her own home, Cecile is more afraid that she has ever been before. Find out more about the yellow fever epidemic in the illustrated "Looking Back" essay at the end of the book.