Sarah Troyer faces changes in her Amish family caused by her mother's illness and death. She is sure that Sadie Zook, the hired girl, mistreats her and scolds her unfairly. At school, Sarah finds Regina Byler to be an understanding friend. A near-tragic house fire helps bring healing to Sarah. Former hurts are forgotten, and Sarah learns to accept a new mother and to work as a hired girl herself.
At the house raising for Sara's family, the head carpenter's son Rudy Kemp notices Sarah. He gives her rides home after youth singings. Later, Sara keeps company with Mahlon Mast. Eventually they are baptized an them married in the Amish church. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.