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mediæval Ireland -- but all of this is lost the day she is kidnapped
and taken aboard a marauding slave ship. Thrown into a world that she has
never known, alongside people that her former country's laws regarded as
less than human, Melkorka is forced to learn quickly how to survive.
Taking a vow of silence, however, she finds herself an object of
fascination to her captors and masters, and soon realizes that any power,
no matter how little, can make a difference.
Based on an ancient Icelandic saga, award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli
has crafted a heartbreaking story of a young girl who must learn to forget
all that she knows and carve out a place for herself in a new world -- all
without speaking a word.