Liza, an orphan girl living on the cold streets of London in 1834, is able to rise above her squalid surroundings to bring joy to the lives of others. Although only 11, she displays amazing courage as she cares for a younger child and ekes out a bare existence through the approaching winter, guided by the wisdom embodied in letters left to her by her mother. When Liza meets a wealthy gentleman, her mysterious, almost magical manner causes him to re-examine his own life. Over time, he and others around him are transformed as they begin to understand the depth of Liza's insight. Sydney Banks's simple, inspiring tale illuminates how love and compassion can bring peace and contentment to people of all ages and from all walks of life.