This story is, in essence, the novelization of Wollstonecraft's ultimate work, Vindication of the Rights of Women. It follows a girl who grows up in a moderately wealthy English family in 18th century, trying to find love and individuality in a time when such concepts are incomprehensible to society. Mary, the main character, follows life and love through a turbulent series of ups and downs while trying to remain true to herself.
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was a British feminist, writer, and philosopher. She is best known for her treatise "A Vindication for the Rights of Women" which puts forth that women are not naturally inferior to men and it is their lack of education that leads them to appear so.