North Pownal, Vermont
Twelve-year-old Grace and her best friend, Arthur, must leave school to work as doffers in the mill. But Grace is left-handed. Replacing full bobbins with empty ones is a right-handed job, and every mistake Grace makes costs her family precious pennies.
Grace knows that Arthur is hatching a desperate plan to get himself out of the mill. She begs him to wait. Something will come along to change their lives.