During his life as a lawyer, Cranford Yates made dangerous enemies. So dangerous that they vowed to wipe out his whole family.
They eventually catch up with him one snowy evening on Dartmoor. True to their word they murder everyone in the house, except for his daughter Victoria, who is saved by the foul smelling stable hand Zac Stanton.
Desperately in love with her, Stanton takes her to his home in a small village where he believes she is safe. But there is danger even in this quiet spot, not only from the men who are hunting her but also from a particularly spiteful and vicious woman.
Zac soon finds that loving Victoria is a tricky business.