Nory Ryan’s family has lived on Maidin Bay for generations. This yeaer, however, a terrible blight attacks the potatoes, and her family is split apart by the great hunger that overtakes Ireland. Nory’s mother died years before, her Older sister Maggie has gone to America, and Da is away on a fishing boat. There are no coins for food, and Lord Cunningham, the landlord, is threatening to take their home. with bold determination, Nory Ryan searches for a way to save her family from starvation and get everyone to America.