For the first time ever, the American-born, London-based Chevalier is using America as a backdrop. Leaving home after suffering a disappointment, English Quaker Honor Bright ends up in 1850 Ohio, where she finds folks-even Quakers-pragmatically unprincipled and becomes involved in the Underground Railroad.

The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Girl with a Pearl Earring" makes her first fictional foray into the American past in "The Last Runaway," bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions, and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.