Emmaline is sick with the still waters or tuberculosis . She is staying at the hospital with all the other sick children. Her family was killed during one of the war bombings . Emmaline sees winged horses in the mirrors and even has one come into the world and stay in the garden. Emmaline makes a friend in the horse lord and is trying to protect her new friend Firefox from the evil black horse . It’s undetermined whether the horses are really there, due to still water fevers or angels in form of horses. I really like the name emmaline.