A fictionized biography of Margaret Gaffney Haughery chronicles how she became a heroine to the people of New Orleans and what were the many means in which she achieved her ambition to help orphans and the needy. An emigrant from Catholic Ireland with her family, Margaret soon lost her parents, knew a happy adoption and, although loving Dan, married his tubercular brother, Charles. From Baltimore to New Orleans, sadness followed her for she lost her baby, then her husband, and started her career to do all she could for children. She begged, scrubbed floors, pounded dough, milked cows, until she had her own dairy and bakery; she argued with her priest; she stood up to General (Beast) Butler in the Union occupation; she aided the soldiers; she saw her charitable homes grow and improve, she ended her days in the knowledge of goals successfully achieved. A tireless, vigorous character is framed within her times and posed as flatteringly as possible. A local interest for this along with its Catholic appeal.