It is 1743, and Marguerite Ledoux is aboard the Isabella B. from France to the New World. Both of Marguerite's parents have passed away and she was orphaned by the age of 12, left in the care of nuns at a convent until the Sargent family took her in as a Bound-Out girl. As a Bound-Out girl, Maggie (as she is now called) takes care of the Sargent children and help with the meals and other house chores in exchange for meals and shelter. The long boat ride there was a treacherous one, where she lost the only family she had left, her grandparents. As Marguerite and the family of strangers finally near their home-to-be on the coast of Maine, they are shocked to find the house burned down by Indians. Marguerite and the Sargents build a new log cabin, praying that it and the family will be unharmed. Meanwhile, Marguerite develops a close friendship with Hepsa Jordan, a kind, wise, elderly woman who lives on Sunday Island. Marguerite witnesses a year's worth of struggle and fear, but she has become so close to the children that when Mr. Sargent offers to break the 6-year contract and give her an early leave to go up to Quebec with the French, she faces a very difficult decision. Rachel Field writes an award-winning book about a young girl who never ceases to amaze those who come to know her with her tremendous amounts of bravery, grit, and strength.