Anna-Marie, a nineteenth century Norwegian girl, is determined to escape the restrictions which govern the lives of most proper girls. She will not serve as a maid until a likely man chooses her for his bride. Anna-Marie will be a printer. In this first volume Anna-Marie's struggle to implement her plans and her crusade to help a poor young man achieve his dream, comprise a lively story rich in detail of urban Victorian Norway. Readers will anticipate Volume II which follows Anna-Marie to America and to the young man she loves.