She was already cold, but Magda felt like her temperature had suddenly just dropped ten degrees. Her legs and arms felt weak, and though a part of her wanted to get up and run away, she knew she couldn’t move even if she wanted to, since she was paralyzed with fear, which was good, since running would be the worst possible thing to do right now.
Magda sees mysterious lights in the forest on the anniversary of her father and her brother Tom’s drowning deaths. She finds Tom’s books on alien abductions, and learns about the Japanese Canadian children who were exiled from Mayne Island in World War II. Her problems begin when she and her friend Brent try to solve the mystery of the lights, putting themselves and their friends in grave danger. This is the second adventure story in the Magda series, which takes place on Mayne Island in the Strait of Georgia off the coast of British Columbia.
Did you know that the Mayne Island School had to shut down because there weren't enough children left on the island to warrant running a school there after the Japanese Canadian children were interned? Magda and her friends learn this and much more, and decide that something has to be done to commemorate these children whose lives were changed by events that occurred during World War II.