HANNAH ZARTMAN lives in her dream home and is a multi-talented housewife. She has nine children, a husband who needs her, and a farm to help manage. She can milk a cow, deliver piglets, churn butter, sew quilts, spin, and even shoot a bear if necessary. It looks as if she has it all together. Letters to Emily is the story of a year in the life of a struggling Pennsylvania farm family, told with insight into the everyday realities of being a woman with nine children and her coming to terms with God's role in her life. The problem is, the farm is approaching financial disaster, Hannah is expecting a baby and the tidal wave of life is about to overwhelm her. In 1798, life is not quite as simple as it first appears.