After hastening the death of a tenant with whom he has been feuding, Squire Fairfield brings the dead man's young daughter to live in Wyvern Manor. Alice falls in love with one of the squire's two sons. She and Charles elope, incurring the wrath of his father, who had lecherous intentions towards Alice. The newlyweds avoid the squire by living in an outlying estate, where their baby is born. Charles is attacked by a mysterious woman who literally comes out of the woodwork, and their baby is hidden away in another home. Alice feels trapped, surrounded by secrets and mysteries and wondering who she can really trust.