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In Victorian England, sixteen-year-old Orpha, imprisoned for crimes she did not commit, is released upon accepting the invitation of Charles Dickens for a fresh start at a home for fallen women. Orpha has been imprisoned at the infamous Tothill prison for crimes she did not commit. Haunted by recurring flashbacks of sexual abuse, neglect, exploitation, and the horrors of a Victorian workhouse, she refuses to be crushed. When she is chosen by Charles Dickens to attend Urania, a project to help homeless girls, will she be able to make a new life for herself against all odds? -- adapted from jacket and perusal of book