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The main investigative action in the story is set on Cairnholm Island which is located close to Wales, a small country west of England. A cairn is a pile of rocks, created as people move rocks from scattered locations to the pile. A cairn usually marks a significant place that people want to be able to remember and relocate.
The island was the location of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, the mysterious and now decaying old building that had been home for Jacob's grandfather. The story follows Jacob as he attempts to overcome his fears and anxieties while trying to piece together the stories held within the walls of the abandoned orphanage.
And that is how someone who is unusally susceptible to nightmares, night terrors, the Creeps, the Willies and the Seeing Things That Aren't Really There talks himself into making one last trip to the abandoned, almost-certainly-haunted house where a dozen or more children met their untimely end.
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