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Young William Jones is on a desperate search through darkest London for John Diamond, the son of a man his father apparently once cheated badly. Will he find him? Originally published in the United States as Footsteps, John Diamond “combines a cast of remarkable eccentrics with superb sensory descriptions” (The Horn Book).
The story encompasses two great events; the first fall of the god Hephaestus, hurled out of Olympus by his mother Hera for his ugliness; and his second fall, when this misshapen artist-god is rejected by Zeus for daring to accuse his father of brutal cruelty.
This book tells the spell-binding tale of George Treet, a boy who is quite content with his life as part of a family of travelling actors. Until one day his father tells him that he isn't really his son and is, in fact, the son of a rich and powerful man. George must enter a new world, complete with strange servants, an unfriendly mother, a dying father, and a murderous uncle.