Recently widowed, Hannah Firth is still young - young enough to dream of a new life.
When her spiteful daughter-in-law uses her as an unpaid servant, Hannah tries to leave, but she is unaware of the depths that Patty's spite will lead her to.
Nathaniel King's life is ruined when his landlord's son lays waste to his market garden for a prank - and the resulting feud puts Nathaniel's livelihood at stake.
Hannah has only a few coins and dreams of a happier future to sustain her as she tramps the roads and evades pursuit.
When she meets Nathaniel, the attraction between them cannot be denied and they join forces.
But their enemies have money and powerful allies on their side and will stop at nothing to get rid of them.