Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth was an American writer, used the acronym E.D.E.N. throughout her career. Being deserted by her husband and having the necessity to support herself and her children alone, she began to write sentimental stories about strong persons, who crash stereotypes and go towards one's aim. Written more than 60 novels that were published in most prestigious magazines, E.D.E.N. Southworth became one of the most-reading writers among women readers across the nation. “The Hidden Hand” (or Capitola the Madcap) is a serial novel, first published in 1859l. The main protagonist of series is Capitola Black, an orphan and tomboyish, whose origin is unknown. She finds herself in a myriad of adventures, either of which, on the author’s words, came from real life. The book is considered as one of E.D.E.N. Southworth’s best works, so you have the great opportunity to enjoy it.