Mary Harper’s first memories are of being alone, with her mother, cold on the pantry floor. Her father, Alfred, leaves her with a neighbour. Kindness soon turns to cruelty as the young Mary keeps asking when will her father return?
A lonely girl must face a dark future now her only friend has gone. Nora Peaton once had hope. Now her friend has left the orphanage and she must suffer the desolation alone. Shivering under a thin blanket she shares her pallet with six other girls and takes the worst of the cruelty.