The Willoughby children are part of an old-fashioned family. The children believe that they should be orphans. Their parents would be pretty okay with being childless. When a baby turns up on their doorstep, they leave her on the doorstep of a rich man, who, it turns out could use a baby to help him reclaim the life he was letting slip away.
Lowry creates a story that gives readers a story that is smart, full of snark and humor and that is modern and feels like an old-fashioned story.