The Middle Heart : Master storyteller Bette Bao Lord tells the story of three friends and the tumultuous times they must face in China. In 1932, three children, who will become a leader, a writer and a great actress, meet and swear a bond of eternal friendship. One is the young master of a once great clan, the second his bookmate and servant, while the third is a grave-keeperâs daughter disguised as a boy. In The Middle Heart, circumstances will sorely test the trioâs loyalty to their ideals, their country and family. NOTE: This is a Scratch and Dent version and accordingly MAY NOT have a dust jacket.