Sukey was born about 1784, near the Longmynd hills in Shropshire, into a family of sixteen children. Losing her father when very young, she grew up a wilful, unruly, illiterate girl, given to swearing and ready to join in any frolicking. This book follows Sukey through her pilgrimage. The author was the daughter of the rector of the church in the village of Pulverbatch, Shropshire, where Sukey lived for most of her life. Deeply affected by Sukey’s testimony, she wrote down some of Sukey’s conversations.