The Whistling Hollow is a cursed place. Rumors of strange creatures, hauntings and death surround the mist covered pool. No one approaches the Hollow. No one, except William Paynel. . .
William has always been a little different, and strange things happen around him. He lives at the Crowfield Abbey as a servant, forced to live and work in undesirable conditions. "Doing the right thing is not always the easy choice," William tells himself as he pries the l trap from an injured hob's leg deep in the woods. Hobs are mystical creatures and cannot be seen by mortals.(Like I said, William is a bit different.) Against his better judgment, William brings the hob to the healer, his only friend at the abbey, Brother Snail. The hob heals and stays on at the abbey taking the name Brother Walter.
Since Brother Walter’s arrival, strange things have been happening at the abbey. Whispers of a buried angel, a mysterious woman named Dame Alys, strange white crows, and the visitor Jacobus Bone. Once the monks discover that Jacobus Bone is a leper, William is sent away from the abbey for his protection. But it soon becomes clear to William that he is actually safer in the abbey with the leper.
— Amanda, Scholastic Booktalker