Six days a week, Ella May Wiggins makes the trek to and from her job at American Mill No. 2 in North Carolina. It's 1929, and while the dirty, hazardous job earns her a paltry nine dollars a week, it's the only opportunity she has. When union leaflets begin circulating, Ella May has a rare taste of hope, but the mill owners resort to bloodshed to prevent workers from banding together. Thinking of the hungry children, Ella May makes up her mind to join the movement--a decision that will have lasting consequences for all that she loves. Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings to life the sorrow and bravery of the forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America--and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley Cash's place among our nations finest writers.