This traces the story of the founder of the American Sisters of Charity against a background of late 18th and early 19th century New York and Baltimore. It tells of a deeply devoted and religious woman who, after the death of her husband, became a Roman Catholic in the face of bitter opposition from family and friends. Eventually she inaugurated a religious congregation of nuns, famous in America for their work for the poor and for their educational establishments and hospitals. The story is simply told, often sketchily- the early life has more perceptive handling than the later years and the history of the Sisters of Charity. The appeal is primarily for girls.