To escape her family's New Hampshire farm, 20-year-old Alice Barrow travels to Lowell, Massachusetts in 1832, finding employment in one of the city's textile mills. As a factory girl, Alice works at the looms for three dollars a week. Although the hours are long, the work is dangerous, and the pay is meager, Alice makes a friend in fellow mill girl Lovey Cornell and even attracts a potential suitor: Samuel Fiske, the mill owner's son. However, when Alice speaks out against deplorable labor conditions, she risks both her livelihood and her life. This novel by the author of The Dressmaker
explores one young woman's decision to do the right thing despite mounting pressure to remain silent.