To her family, Lily is just another expensive mouth to feed. Then the local matchmaker delivers startling news: if Lily 's feet are bound properly, they will be flawless. Now Lily has the power to change the fortunes of her family. To prepare her new life, she must undergo the agonies of footbinding, learn nu shu, the famed secret women's writing, and make a very special friend, Snow Flower. But a bitter reversal of fortune is about to change everything.