A mysterious toymaker who lives as a recluse in an old mansion, surrounded by the magical beings he has created. A sickly wife locked away in a hidden room. An enigma involving strange lights that shine out from the small island on which an old, disused lighthouse stands. A shadowy creature that hides deep in the woods. These elements of a mystery will bind 14-year-old Irene to Ismael during one magical summer spent in Blue Bay when her mother takes a job as a housekeeper for the enigmatic toymaker, Lazarus Jann.