"The stranger smiled, stretching his thin lips back, like a snake fixing to strike."
The town poor farm has always been orphan Jip's home. When Overseer Flint brings Put, the madman, to the farm, Jip finds friendship for the first time. But who is the sinister stranger trying to lure him away? When Jip learns about his own past, he must use all his resources to escape the men who are after him.