Eustacia Benson, recently orphaned, is now living with her aunt and family of boys in Taverton where the Bettany family lived before coming to Austria. Grizel Cochrane's stepmother recommends the Chalet School. From the beginning Eustacia openly expresses her dissatisfaction with the school - including such things as feather beds (insanitary), shared dormitories, and being in the same class as girls of her own age. She does not endear herself to the girls, as she quickly becomes a tale teller and she flagrantly disregards rules which she feels should not apply to her, thus incurring the wrath of the prefects. During the half-term climb of the Stubai Glacier, the group get caught in a blizzard on the glacier, and Miss Wilson sprains her ankle. Later, Eustacia decides to run away and becomes stranded in a flood in the mountains.
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