The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house . . .
Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights--and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .
When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the great house for the first time and meets Mr. Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she's heard from neighbors and classmates. He's kind and extraordinarily talented -- he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decided it's time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest -- an act that will change them all forever.