Phyllis' family are farmers. They live mostly on the potato's they grow. her family rents 16 acres of land where they grow vegetables. All but the potatoes go to the landowners.
There are rumors saying that potato's are dug up fine, the next day rotten. The rumors turn into reality and the same happens to Phyllis' family.
Phyllis' family are running out of food and money. She needs to help her family so she gets a position as a scullery maid in a large house named Erill Manor
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Her baby sister has passed away, because of the famine.
One of the maids Mary was arrested and taken to a prison in Tipperary. She was found guilty for stealing from her master
Phyllis travels to Tipperary in search for her brother Pat, who went into hiding because he is wanted by the police for his act against Britain. She couldn't find him but meets Mary before she is transported to her actual prison.
Fifteen years, because I stole a candlestick , which was silver and Lord Boulton made no plea on my behalf