Dad thinks Mrs Arkwright is a batty old thing. Hannah isn't so sure, but there's definitely something about her. Alice knows Mrs Arkwright's secret, but then Alice is her secret: Alice is a fairy. Extraordinary Mrs Arkwright and young Hannah become friends, but before she can be introduced to Alice a burglary occurs and Hannah must be called on for help.
James is bored. Friends, school and home have all turned sour and now he's stuck on a holiday with Mum while Dad is away on business. Enter Izzy, a sailing-mad girl who offers to teach James to sail too. Tacking, hiking, capsizing: Through his sailing lessons with Izzy James learns to come to terms with life back home and finds that this holiday isn't so bad after all.