At 12, Ruth Appleby stood by her mother's grave on a bleak Yorkshire moor. Life as the daughter of a Victorian millhand had never been easy, but now she was both mother and housekeeper to the little family left behind. As one tribulation after another beset her life, so a longing, a determination, grew - to venture out into a new world of independence and adventure.
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Ruth, having overcome her early tribulations in Yorkshire, is ready to seize her chance to venture out into a new world of independence and adventure. America, even on the brink of civil war, was to offer a challenge that Ruth was ready to accept and a love not easy but glorious and triumphant.