Strong, subversive heroine Juliana Paget is forced to flee from her Italian home during the French Revolution in the first of Joan Aiken's romantic regency adventures, The Smile of a Stranger.
Under threat of invasion, seventeen year old Juliana embarks on a wild and dangerous journey, crossing the channel in a hot air balloon to the supposed safety of English soil. But what awaits her is far from harmless: an evil aunt, a dangerous prospective husband, and a threatening presence from her past . . .
Aiken's strong leading lady must conquer challenge after challenge in this gripping romantic adventure.