Judith Lankester is 15 years old and has spent her life in the shadow of luxury on her grandmother's Virginia plantation. When she, her seven sisters, and widowed mother travel to her other grandparents, who are Quakers living in Indiana, Judith alone has trouble adjusting. Her grandfather suggests she live with another family to help and learn practical household skills. In this crucible Judith has to come to terms with herself, with her family's Quaker faith & convictions, and where she's going to spend her future years. This book is set against the background of social and industrial change during the 1840s, in the period leading up to the Civil War. 206 pages, softcover. Ages 11 & up.