Set in Victorian London in 1887, the series centers around the story of our indomitable heroin, twelve year old Hetty Feather as she is returned to the awe-inspiring institution of the Foundling Hospital, the place where she was deposited as an infant and which she is to now call home. As fiery and feisty as her bright red hair, Hetty doesn't take her change of circumstance lying down. Hetty Feather is a fighter and she fights her new regime, headed up by gravel-voiced, Dickensian villain Matron Bottomly, every inch of the way. With a sparkle of mischief and a fair share of intelligence, a twinkle of anarchy and a slice of invention, Hetty soon leams how to survive. Aided and abetted by the greatest tool she possesses, Hetty relies on her vivid imagination to get her through. She earns friends and enemies along the way, she bends rules and breaks boundaries in everything she does - yet plucky Hetty appears unafraid of the inevitable consequences.