1820. Annie Gibson’s family is one of the first to move into the brand new terraced houses on Salem Street, built by a mill owner for his workers. Annie’s is a happy childhood – until her mother dies, leaving her to bring up her brother and sister. And then her jealous new stepmother throws her out of the house.
But she finds work in the local doctor’s household, and when her adored childhood friend Matt asks her to marry him, Annie thinks her dreams are coming true.
Then suddenly everything turns upside-down. Abandoned and pregnant, will Annie ever be able to move into the wider world again?