Having been transported to the year 1790, Victoria meets the residents of Collinwood each of whom strongly resemble the present day characters of Collinwood. Victoria becomes the tutor for Daniel and Sarah Collins. Victoria meets and makes an ally of Peter Bradford, the Collins foreman, as well as the young Barnabas who is is eagerly awaiting the arrival of his fiancée Josette. But Josette's her handmaid, Angelique, is determined to keep Barnabas for herself, who refuses her advances. Angelique is revealed to be a powerful witch who puts the simpleton carriage man Ben Loomis under her spell to assist her. Of the Collins family, Jerehmia's older pious sister, Abigail Collins, takes an instant dislike to Victoria, and suspects her of sorcery, unaware that Angelique is the witch hiding in plain sight. Back in the present day, Julia tries to make sense of Victoria's disappearances and tends to the delirious Phyllis Wick, who escapes from the house. Written by
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I, Victoria Winters, begin this journal in the hope that no matter what happens to me there will at least be a written record of these extraordinary events. Somehow, I have been thrust backward in time.