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Day by day, the woes of a family involved in the War of 1812 are described by 11-year-old Susanna Merritt. She writes of these events in her diary and addresses her letters to Constance, her imagined future great-granddaughter. With her father and older brother fighting in the war, Susanna lives in a state of perpetual worry. Although deeply affected by their absence, Susanna is kept busy learning new tasks: how to clear the wheat fields or how to catch fish for supper. The affliction of a bad toothache brings her in to Niagara to see the army surgeon. There, she befriends a young boy, Ellis, who is in the care of General Isaac Brock. Through Susanna's details of later encounters with Ellis and the General, the author allows the reader to get to know this legendary Canadian figure. Kit Pearson's engaging story breathes life into one of the most defining moments in Canadian history.