Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family's wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston's West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life. As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law?
Committed...to living a life she desires with the man she loves, Clarissa Sullivan continues to teach poor immigrant children and to agitate for the vote for women as she awaits Gabriel's return to Boston. Will her stepmother leave her in peace, or is her life about to change again in unforeseen ways?