Poor Hannah Pritchard was sent out, by her mother, to pick berries. She was attacked so she had to hide. Accidently, Hannah knocked over the bucket, half full of berries, trying to hide. When she returned home she saw that her mother, father, and brother, the only family she had, died.
Eventually, she joined a ship. Only two of her friends found out she was a girl, because she had dressed herself as a boy in her brothers clothes.
In the end Hannah and her friend, David, plan to go back to Hannahs old home and start a new life.