Tracy Chevalier, author of "Girl with a Pearl Earring," creates in her newest book another strong female heroine. Devastated by a broken engagement, Honor Bright decides to leave her Quaker community in 19th century London and embark upon a new journey to America, persuaded by her sister. The only problem is Honor's sister, engaged to a man in Ohio, soon succumbs to illness and dies even before they reach their destination. Honor, determined not to make another dreaded voyage back across the ocean to London, decides to remain with her sister's fiancée. She soon finds she is a most unwelcome guest in an unfamiliar settlement where her values and views on slavery seem to be quite different from the rest of the Quaker community.
Honor takes refuge in her quilting, and finds a companion in Belle Mills, the owner of a nearby hat shop who is also sister to the local slave hunter, Donovan. Although Honor finds herself drawn to Donovan, she cannot shake her anti-slavery views and soon becomes involved in the Underground Railroad. With the newly enacted Fugitive Slave Law, Honor must make sure she does not draw suspicion from her new community and the very cunning slave hunter who seems to be watching her every move.
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