In the 1830's in England when parents could not care for their children they were left at workhouses. The food was limited, work hard. Children were sold off to farmers to run farms and apprenticed to any sort of folk. They often died young. Here's a story of two such kids, a brother and sister who escaped and searched for their mother. Surviving was tough. Misadvenventures were many. Death was always just around the corner. Joe hadn't much talent but could survive by his witts. Annie on the other hand who could see ghosts and rarely talked was nearly lost. For teens not yet ready for Dicken's longer tales.