1849 and Garibaldi's attempts to make Italy a republic, as the setting for the adventures of a little American girl, Cherry Carstairs. Her landlady's niece, Grazia, has a twin brother who joins up with Garibaldi's army. The three young people are in the midst of revolutionary activities, and the situations in which they find themselves make exciting reading, full of color of the Italian countryside. A thread of mystery runs through the story -- the confiscated villa, the lost opera. The story once again shows evidence of Anne Kyle's gift of story telling and of building a background.