Beatrice Harraden (1864-1936) was a British writer and suffragette. A Bird on Its Journey is the story of a mysterious young Englishwoman hiking alone through Switzerland. When she arrives at a mountain hotel, she discovers that the piano is badly out of tune.
The young woman, although she is travelling with only a small knapsack, has brought with her a tuning hammer, and she proceeds to tune the piano. The rest of the snobbish English guests assume that the girl is indeed a piano tuner, and as a result they ignore her and consider her impertinent and unfeminine. But the girl has a secret, and she soon has her revenge on the party.