Boody is a 16-year-old pupil at Dartington Hall – beautiful, clever and go-getting, with a particular interest in machines and engineering. Her analytical mind is balanced by a perceptive, sensitive nature.
‘I’ve seen you about, new boy. You stay quiet. Keep in the background. But you’re always watching. It’s as if . . . you’re expecting trouble.’ Old habits die hard, thought James, with a pang of unease at her scrutiny.