In a world where water is currency and enemies lurk around every corner, Jura will use her wits or risk igniting a world war. A posh new retirement community in the Green Mountains is haunted by something terrible and strange. With the drums of war beating faster, and secrets surfacing all around her, Jura and her allies must stop the Queen of Shadows before the Sand Sea is submerged in chaos.
Set in late nineteenth century Japan, The Teahouse Fire is the story of Aurelia, a young French-American girl who, after the death of her mother and her missionary uncle, finds herself lost and alone and in need of a new family. Knowing only a few words of Japanese she hides in a Japanese tea house and is adopted by the family who own it: gradually falling in love with both the Japanese tea ceremony and with her young mistress, Yukako. As Aurelia grows up she devotes herself to the family and its failing fortunes in the face of civil war and western intervention, and to Yukako's love affairs and subsequent marriage. But her feelings for her mistress seem doomed never to be reciprocated and, as tensions mount in the household, Aurelia begins to realise that to the world around her she will never be anything but an outsider.