Sara Crewe’s father has always given her everything she’s ever wanted, but now he must go to India, leaving his only child in the care of Miss Minchin, the strict and hard-hearted headmistress of the school. Sara’s whole world comes crashing down when she receives word that her father is dead, and that her entire fortune has seemingly disappeared. Miss Minchin permits Sara to stay, but she forces the poor girl to work as a maid. Life for Sara becomes very bleak, but Sara does not abandon hope. Sara shows her inner strength as she maintains her sense of worth and ultimately triumphs in the end.