1. Why are Ellie and her parents in Annapolis for a year?
Ellie Harrison and her parents are living in Annapolis, Maryland, for a year while her parents are on sabbatical. Her father is writing a book about a plain sword kept at the history museum in Washington DC.
2. Why is Ellie running with her father in a wooded area?
Ellie is running with her father in a wooded area because her mother wants her father to get some exercise. She also wants Ellie to get out of the pool once in a while. Ellie's mother, also a professor, promises to get off her back about the pool if she goes running with her dad.
3. What does Ellie notice when she runs by a ravine? Why does she think it odd?
Ellie runs by a ravine and sees a man standing at the bottom. She keeps running and wonders how he was able to get to the bottom of the ravine without a machete - maybe a trail?
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