Agnes Trussel, a trusting young girl, is badly used by a forceful rogue in her home village, causing her to flee with a secret pregnancy and a neighbor’s coins. She lands in London in the winter of 1752. The streets of the city are harsh, even for those accustomed to them, but for a 17-year-old unwed mother from the country, they can be nothing less than terrifying.
On her way, Agnes meets Lettice Talbot, a beautiful woman not much older than herself. They happen to share a leg of Agnes’s journey on the carriage from Sussex. Lettice offers Agnes hope, along with an address. But once they have disembarked, Agnes becomes lost in the maze of alleys and l