Who was the mysterious Hector Lightfoot? What was he up to when he disappeared, and who were the two ghosts once seen in his house in London? Jamie and Todd, two 13-year-olds, are destined to find out when they go to stay with Jamie’s Uncle Simon, an historian, who now lives in that very house. Soon after they arrive, Jamie has a frightening encounter with the two ghosts.
Hector, a veteran from the First Afghan War, joined a covert expedition to China, returning to work on a secret Government project in an underground laboratory at the British Museum. He vanished soon after, never to be heard from again.
Simon has access to the lab, and shows the two boys a strange, huge, iron arch – which, unknown to him, is a time-travel device. They are briefly left alone when the building is struck by lightning. Its power energises the mysterious arch, and sends the boys back in time to the year 1862. There, they must survive disease and danger at every turn, and encounter some of the wicked characters of Victorian London. They quickly realise that only if they can, somehow, find Hector Lightfoot will they ever be able to get home again. To survive in the meantime, they join a street gang and are soon sucked into acts of crime.
Hector has gone into hiding to escape an evil organisation, determined to use the time-travel device to gain world domination. But he has the all-important crystal which without, the time-travel device is useless. Whilst Hector evades the sinister faction, Jamie becomes convinced that the two ghosts he saw earlier are following them…
The book has a London walk connected to the story: the Time Trap Trail.
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