In the mid 1800s, a little girl is rescued off the streets of New York City. Reverend Joseph offers Kassandra a home, an education, a chance to learn about the love of God, and a cranky housekeeper. When Kassandra is just fifteen, Ben Connor sweeps her off her feet, shatters her heart, and steals her hope. From one New York City brothel to another in San Francisco, and a baby in between, Kassandra winds up in Wyoming Territory with a light in her eye. Then she meets Gloria, who's pregnant and desperate, and Biddy, a young girl of great faith. What could they possibly teach her that life's cruelties haven't already?