Abigailís American family has long been part of Londonís political and social life. In spite of her privileged upbringing during the elegant 1820ís, Abigail becomes increasingly disturbed by the plight of the poor. Her desire to help is spurred by a sense of adventure; unbeknownst to her parents, she ministers to the bawdy revelers of Londonís most dangerous district. A well-intentioned outing ends in calamity, scandalizing the Aldridge family. Burdened by disgrace, Abigail leaves for America under the patronage of a mysterious countess, Lady Lillian Houghton, who is hoping to escape troubles of her own.
The stories of these two women become intertwined in unexpected ways, as their arrival in the United States sets them on journeys of the heart, soul and spirit.