This is the story of a young girl, Charity Rackham, growing up in the early 1800s. She’s a strong-willed child and insists she’s going to be a pirate or live among the River Gypsies, much to her parents’ dismay. However, with the untimely death of her mother, Charity is sent to live with her aunt and uncle, where she soon finds she’s an outcast among her peers. But that doesn’t stop her dreaming and one day she discovers that maybe dreams do come true. There’s so much in store for Charity and her life becomes a tangled web of pain, surprises, heartache and finally an unusual love.