PRUDENCE BELL grew up in Devon not too far from her grandfather, the son of Elizabeth and Herbert Dixon, the missionaries in the book. She moved to Wales on her husband's ordination into the Church in Wales. She has three grown-up children and has been involved with various ministries over the last 40 years. Dr. Ronald Clements moved with his wife, Anne, and young daughters to China in 1986, where he lectured in civil engineering at a university in Fujian Province until 1996. Ronald is now a full-time writer and researcher in Britain.