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1904. Twelve-year-old Ellen Copley leaves the rail yards of Glasgow behind and travels to America with her father. They hope to start again in a small Vermont village with Ellen's aunt and uncle. But, abandoned by her father, Ellen has to suffer life with her inhospitable relatives. Then she travels to Canada to live with her father's sister and family, and for the first time she finds acceptance. Torn between love and duty, her life becomes a fractured existence in both Vermont and Canada as she struggles to carve a place for herself in a changing and increasingly turbulent world.… (more)