Jerusha Abbott is the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. One day, a rich, anonymous benefactor decides to send her to college, but she must write him a letter once a month. Unaware of his identity, she invents a nickname for him: Daddy Long Legs. Through her brilliant and witty letters, Jerusha shares her experiences of college while discovering her own identity and reveling in the wonders of literature, adventure and love. But one key fact eludes her – who is Daddy Long Legs?