This story should appeal to all those who tried to do what they thought was right. It tells of one such effort made by a person named Nancy - the main character of this story. We first meet her in 1909, when she leaves the protective time of childhood and enters the perilous years leading up to adulthood. We follow her life through a time when it appears to have neither joy, nor love, nor light, nor certitude, nor peace, nor help from pain (to borrow a phrase from the poet, MatthewArnold). However, as we follow her life, we hope that she will find her way to things better. Life can only be a journey of hope.