Out of love, a mother hides her child's differences from the world.
1670, St Albans
Midwife Abigale Harris protects her adopted child from prejudice, superstition and ignorance by hiding the truth about her from everybody in their busy market town. Throughout her life, she teaches Mary the importance of keeping her secret, placing strong constraints to guide and shape her.
Twenty-one years later, Mary is good, kind and loyal. She is a caring sister to Abigale's two other adopted daughters and an indispensable assistant to Abigale in the birthing chamber. But Mary is increasingly unhappy and changes in her make it evident to Abigale that she may have made the wrong decision all those years ago.
Is it too late to right the wrong she's done Mary and give her back her life? Or will revealing the secret destroy their livelihood and bring ruin to Abigale's whole family?