Forced out of Ireland because of the potato famine, Molly and her brother Kip have nowhere to go. They find themselves working for a strange family at an even stranger house in the middle of the English countryside. Both Molly and Kip realize the Windsor family is hiding a dark secret and it is centered around the giant black tree growing into the side of their house. Soon Molly and Kip are also caught by the curse that haunts the Windsors. Will they be able to stop the evil that threatens them all?
This dark tale is carefully crafted for lovers of mystery and ghosts. Auxier develops complex characters with a captivating conflict. The Night Gardener is well-written, but only for readers who appreciate a spin chilling tale. The story is not violent or inappropriate, but only good for kids who want a more frightening type of adventure.