Sarah, an Egbado princess, watches as her tribe is overrun by invading Dahoman warriors. She is about to be executed with the rest of the royal family as she is rescued by an intervening English soldier. He takes her to the local outlet of the church missionary society where she is cared for, educated, and introduced to the wiles of "civilized" society.
Sarah later becomes the ward of England's Queen Victoria and is given freedoms that she would never have in her homeland; in fact, she is treated almost as an equal to the queen's own. Though she lives in splendor, the girl still suffers tragedies in relationships, as well as the ongoing subtle persecutions that she experiences because of her race.
However, the story is still a triumph of the spirit and one that tells of the compassion of one individual toward another, an inspirational read for the young.
This report prepared by Reginald D. Garrard