Cassia and her family live in a tiny apartment in ancient Rome. Her parents are too poor to send her to school. Instead, Cassia and her brother spend their days working at a stinky laundry cleaning dirty clothes. Cassia dreams of a better life for her and her family. If only they could move out of the noisy city onto a quiet farm. But how will Cassia ever be able to make her dream come true? Part of the Engage Literacy Dark Red series.