Kitty is living a happy, carefree life as a dairymaid in the countryside. And then, of course, there is Will, the river man who she thinks is very fond of her, and indeed she is of him. Then one day disaster strikes: Will disappears. Kitty is first worried and then furious. So when Kitty is asked to go to London to pick up a copy of Pride and Prejudice, the latest novel by the very fashionable Jane Austen, Kitty leaps at the chance to track down Will. But Kitty has no idea how vast London is, and how careful she must be. It is barely a moment before eagle-eyed pickpockets have spotted the country-born-and-bred Kitty and relieved her of her money and belongings. Dauntingly fast, she has lost her only means of returning home and must face the terrifying prospect of stealing in order to survive - and of being named a thief.