Twelve year old Christina is sent to live with her uncle and his two sons in the decaying country house, Flambards. Her uncle dominates the household with his sudden rages and callous cruelty, and her cousins Mark and Will could not be more different. Christina finds in stable-lad Dick asympathetic friend to help steer her through the emotional undercurrents and discord which divide the Russell household. This is the first of four Flambards novels which are being reissued in the Oxford Children's Modern Classics series. It has been a best-seller since it first appeared in 1967, and has been successfully televised.