"It's easy to be good when you're not hungry," a character
meditates in this tale of the desperate poverty of immigrant
mill workers at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.
Intending to free her beloved cousin from a life of
slaving in the mills, a woman steals a wallet. In a
lurid tale of morality, greed, and the attempt to make
art out of the depths of despair, Rebecca Harding Davis
brings the ills of the industrial age into sharp human