The Edge Of The Cloud
) is the second novel in the Flambards
sequence by K. M. Peyton
. It is set in the years prior to the First World War
and has a strong backdrop of aviation
as it follows the romance of Christina Parsons and Will Russell.The novel is set in London where, after Will and Christina elope, Christina briefly stays with their Aunt Grace. Will finds a job as a mechanic and later as an instructor at a flying school, and Christina finds employment at a nearby hotel to be close to Will. Uncle Russel and Mr Dermont both die during the course of the story. One death fills Will with pain; the other indifference. Will and Christina become close friends with Sandy, another flying instructor, and his girlfriend, Dorothy, the spoiled daughter of Christina's employer. Will gives exhibition flights to make extra money and designs and builds his own airplane. Mark joins the army, At the end, Will becomes famous as a stunt pilot and is thinking of joining the army, which--on the eve of their long awaited wedding--worries Christina.