Our story starts with Matilda cook, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Cooks father, and Eliza in the Cooks residents in Pennsylvania. When the disese first strikes sweet Polly another on of the people working for the Cooks and the yellow fever claims its first life.
Hundreds of people are getting sick with yellow fever and are dying because of it. The epidemic is becoming an issue because american doctors dont know how to deal with yellow fever.
Matties (mattie = Matilda) mother gets sick and her and her grandfather had to leave there home. Her grandfather gets sick but not with yellow fever and they cant reach there destination. Then Mattie gets sick and they go to Bush Hill where Mattie heals and than they go back home to find that the coffee house there family owns has been robbed...
...Then Mattie and her grandfather live there for a wihile till people try to rob them again and Matites grandfather dies. When Mattie goes out to burry her grandpa she is walking back and finds a small todler and Eliza whom she than lives with for the time being with Elizas brother his sons (twin todlers) and Mother smith. Because her mother left for the country.
The children got sick and then there is a frostand the disese is lifted from the City.
Matties mother gets back and all is well for the winter...