A tale of one girl's brave escape from a world of poverty in her search for true love, from the much loved author Nancy Carson. Poppy Silk is the daughter of a railroad worker in the Midlands - a world of violence and poverty. But despite being penniless and unschooled, Poppy is determined to find a life that does not involve cleaning up after a husband she doesn't love. Robert Crawford, a handsome engineer she encounters one day, is like no one she's ever met. As he teaches her to read, feelings blossom. But Robert is promised to another, and Poppy finds herself with a heart-breaking decision to make. Is true love worth waiting for?