In 1912 fourteen people from a small village set sail on the Titanic, with dreams of a better life in America. Seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy is one of the travelers and while she is excited to make the voyage, she yearns for the man she left behind. When the ship hits the iceberg, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage to survive. She awakens in a New York hospital, and vows she will never speak of that awful night again. In 1982, Grace Butler Great-granddaughter of Maggie is called to Maggie’s side when Maggie decides to share her story. The novel, of course, is inspired by true events and Hazel Gaynor draws the reader into The Girl Who Came Home, blending fact and fiction to take a look at the impact of the tragedy and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.