A gripping story of women’s rights, set in Albany, New York in 1894. A chance encounter between Connor O’Shea, 12, and Miss Bertha Hall, one of “Aunt Susan’s girls,” changes the lives of the girl and her mother forever. Susan B. Anthony is in town to convince the state constitutional convention that women are entitled to vote. Connor (and her mother’s) feminist sympathies grow as her father, the sergeant of the capitol police, becomes increasingly antagonistic. He isn’t able to vote, either, since he can’t read; but he is happy to rely on his friend Senator Phelan to guide him, and gets abusive when his wife and daughter disagree.