Lyddie and her brother are left my their mother and 2 sisters. Their mother rents them out to work for other people. Lyddie is sent to another place, but to make real money she leaves to go to the textile mills. Lyddie becomes very good at overseeing the machines that do the weaving. She makes friends along the way and becomes a young woman.
I thought that this was a pretty good story. It was intresting, but some of the parts were slow and a bit boring.