When her employer Miss Macintosh dies, Alice Findlay is forced to look for work elsewhere. She has no family to turn to, relying instead on the help of her former teacher at the orphanage, Miss Lennox. Alice dreams of being an artist, and to her the first step to this is learning a craft. Miss Lennox helps her find work at Simpson’s Pottery, painting the where she befriends Nannie and Bet.
Despite doing well at work, Alice is determined to further herself as an artist. She begins to have lessons from Mr Frederick James, improving her painting. But will it bring her the happiness she desires?