This story is about a family who owns a coffeeshop. The family is made of three people, Mattie the 14 year old girl, Lucille Cook, Mattie's mother, and Mattie's Grandfather. Eliza was a worker at the coffeehouse. There was an epidemic of yellow fever going on around the town.
Mattie's mother become infected with yellow fever. The doctor encourage Mattie and her Grandfather to leave the town. While on their way to the farm of a family friend, the grandfather gets sick and they get stopped from going to the farm. then Mattie gets sick and catches the yellow fever. They both end up in Bush Hill Hospital.
A couple weeks later, Mattie and her Grandfather recover and return back to the coffeeshop. Mattie doesn't find her Mom or Eliza. One night, two robbers break into the coffeeshop, they kill the Grandfather and now Mattie is on her own.
Mattie starts to look for her mother. She meets a young girl named Nell, who lost her parents from yellow fever. Mattie finds Eliza who lives with her brother, his twin boys and her mother. Eliza took care of Mattie and Nell.
Nell and the twins get sick with the yellow fever. Eliza and Mattie took care of them. Mattie opens the coffee shop as a treatment cent until one day the first frost comes out. The frost ends the yellow fever. Eliza becomes Mattie's partner in the coffeeshop and they reopen the shop since everyone is coming back to town and the fever problem is over.
One day a carriage arrives at coffeehouse and Mattie's mother is inside the carriage. Mattie gets reunited with her mom after her mom has recovered from the yellow fever.