“URGENT MEETING, 4 P.M.!” Alice Rochester read off the sign outside the junior class common room. She beckoned furiously to Sonia Khan. “Hurry up! We can’t be late.”
It was the first day back at St. Cecilia’s after fall break, and the boarding school grounds were packed. Smartly dressed parents waved at each other from the windows of Porsches and Rolls-Royces. Girls squealed and gossiped about their Caribbean holidays. Chauffeurs grimaced as they hauled trunks and suitcases up to dorm rooms. And over all the chaos, the sun hung low in the October sky.
Sweeping through the...