Rosa Wickliffe's adventures began when her father died in the great fire of London in the mid 17th century. Reduced in circumstances, she and her mother worked in London but with her mother's death, Rosa came to Virginia as an indentured servant. Bound to a family for seven long years, she found her situation not so bad after all, for the Lloyds adopted her when it developed Rosa's mother had befriended Mrs. Lloyd years before. The title is somewhat misleading, for the romance is found only in the final section when a wealthy young planter carries her over the threshold to her own home and her own indentured servants. An interesting background, but a rather inadequately handled story.