Jasmine Steele is a headstrong teenager living north of Victoria, B.C. with her mother and father when her life is changed completely by the death of her mother. As she deals with her grief, she is swept up in the mystery of the white jade tiger. A compelling dream and some magical clothing send her back in time to solve the mystery and remove the curse on her family.
Julie Lawson weaves together the story of Chinese immigration in B.C., the building of the railroad and the story of this teenaged girl into a spell-binding adventure. Thematic links – history of Canada, Chinese-Canadians, building of the railroad, racism, adventure, change, friendship.