This is the charming story of a sweet-natured child who cannot believe the report that her missing father is dead. Left in a prestigious boarding school while her wealthy father fights in the Boer War, Shirley Temple is treated like a princess. But as news of his disappearance spreads and the funds for her expensive schooling dry up, Shirley is mistreated and forced to work in the kitchen.
As the months pass, Shirley maintains a daily vigil at the army hospital to search for her father among the wounded. There, she brings new hope to the patients with her irresistible high spirits and marvelous singing. Queen Victoria’s miraculous visit brings about a tear-filled but happy ending.