Lu Si-Yan is an 11-year-old farm girl in China. Her family is very poor, and when her father dies, her rich uncle must take care of them. He sells her as a servant to a wealthy city family who wants her to marry their mentally-handicapped son when she is old enough. However, when the grandmother finds out that this is what her daughter-in-law has in store for Lu Si-Yan, she gives her money and helps her escape.
Unfortunately, once outside, Lu Si-Yan's money is stolen, and she goes to work at a factory for extremely low pay. She wants to earn enough money not only to afford the boat-ride home, but to take back to her poor mother. But can she do it with a crooked employer who manipulates her pay rate, and will she survive the hard labor, long hours, poor conditions, and little food?
This report prepared by Sarah Bastin