Life in the countryside is sometimes
hard, but with her foster brothers, Jem and Gideon, Hetty helps in
the fields and plays vivid imaginary games. Together they sneak off
to visit the travelling circus, and Hetty is mesmerised by the show
- especially the stunning Madame Adeline and her performing horses.
But Hetty's happiness is threatened once more when she must return
to the Foundling Hospital to begin her education. The new life of
awful uniforms and terrible food is a struggle for her, and she
desperately misses her beloved Jem. But now she has the chance to
find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame
Adeline? Or will Hetty find the truth is even more surprising?