This story should appeal to all those who tried to do what they thought was right. It tells of one such effort made by a girl named Nancy. We first meet her in 1909, when she leaves the protective time of childhood and enters the perilous years leading up to adulthood. This leads into the years of World War I, with all its horrors and social disruptions. We join her in her occupation at a gasmask factory, making products she hopes will save some of the boys she saw queuing up to join the war. We follow her life through a time when it appears to have "neither joy, nor love, nor light, nor certitude, nor peace, nor help from pain" (to borrow a phrase from the poet, Matthew Arnold). As we follow her story, we hope she will find her way to better things, as life can only be a journey of hope.