When their father is mysteriously imprisoned, Roberta, Peter, Phyllis, and their mother have to leave their happy life in London to live in a small cottage on the country. There they take comfort on the nearby railway station, and discover that the gentleman who takes the same train every day might be the key proving their father's innocence.
Edith Nesbit (15 August 1858 - 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet. She is remembered for her children's stories but she also wrote poems, plays, and novels. She is famous for inspiring much of the children's adventure story genre. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organization later connected to the Labour Party. She wrote or collaborated on over sixty books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television, including The Railway Children and Five Children and It .