Unable to accustom herself to a batch of changes--a new stepmother-to-be and her son; new home; new school--Mary begins to time-travel through her dreams. She finds herself leading the charmed life of a young lady a century ago, beloved by an adoring aunt and uncle and caught up in a social life unlike any she's ever experienced. As she is drawn more and more into her sleeptime world, Mary becomes disoriented and inattentive during her waking hours, addicted to the past and wanting only to become a part of it. Have her journeys been fantastic bits of dream-spinning? Or has Mary lapsed into a nearly unreachable psychosis? Hoppe's story is strong on historical atmosphere, with the other era drenched in enchantment and intrigue. Unfortunately, though, it's undermined by Mary's overblown unhappiness: she may have problems, but readers won't be convinced of her need to escape, and she sounds unduly whiny from the start.