At the beginning of the nineteenth century, in isolated West Cork, a young woman fell in love with botany. Tramping around the mountains, slipping on the seaweed shores and exploring the forests of the bay, Ellen discovered previously unknown plants. She sent samples to other botanists and drew the plants to capture their details. Her talents as both botanist and artist were admired. At age 29 she died. And her story was forgotten 

Years later, her great-grandniece, Madeline Hutchins rediscovered her letters. Since then, more letters, and illustrations have emerged. Ellen's artistic talents and her contribution to science are now being recognised. This book celebrates her life.