From the book jacket: Jennet Stearne's
father hangs witches for a living in Restoration England. But
when this precocious child witnesses the horrifying death of her
beloved Aunt Isobel, unjustly executed as a sorceress, she makes
it her life's mission to bring down the Parliamentary Witchcraft
Act. A self-educated "natural philosopher," Jennet is inspired
in her quest by a single sentence in a cryptic letter from Isaac
Newton: It so happens that in the Investigations leading
first to my Conjectures concerning Light and later to my System
of the World, I fell upon a pretty Proof that Wicked Spirits
enjoy no essential Existence. Armed with nothing but the
power of reason and her memory of Isobel's love, Jennet cannot
rest until she has put the last witchfinder out of business.
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