During the hot mosquito-infested summer of 1793, Mattie Cook works in the family coffee shop while making plans to turn the business into one of Philadelphia’s finest. But then the fever breaks out. Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie’s world upside down. At her feverish mother’s insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.
This novel provides an insight into the devastating effects of the yellow fever epidemic that wiped out 10 percent of Philadelphia’s population in three months.