This novel takes place in England at the start of the Industrial Revolution, a very clever choice on the author's part as it gives new context for the old tale. By setting the novel in such an unstable time for craftspeople, Bunce alters the way that the reader views the spindle as a machine and enhances the problems that a miller would face in the age of advancing technologies. Charlotte Miller is the young heroine who must try and keep her family's mill afloat in a new era of English history. Yet the odds are against young Charlotte, as it seems there is a curse upon both her mill and her family, but all that changes when a mysterious man named Mr. Spinner offers Charlotte his services. Can Charlotte maintain the source of her family's livelihood or will they be forever cursed? And just what is the price that Mr. Spinner demands for his services and is it something Charlotte is willing to pay? Check out Elizabeth Bunce's official website!