Fourteen-year-old Joan dreams of independence, love, and endless books to read. Instead, her life is filled with dirty, backbreaking labor on her father’s farm in 1911 Pennsylvania. When her father’s cruelty reaches new heights, Joan runs away to Baltimore, where she finds work as a hired girl for a wealthy Jewish family. In their home she discovers new luxuries, new struggles, new ideas, and even a little romance. This sweet coming of age story may remind readers of Anne of Green Gables, Hattie Big Sky, or the Betsy-Tacy series.