In the mid 1800s, the 14 year old Eliza Ann is sold to the lodger by her father. Life for her seems hopeless, until a few years later she meets Henry Moortun. They fall deeply in love and run away to be married. Unfortunately, Henry's working companion Charlie Slidel has his eyes on Eliza also. Carefully he maniuplates Henry's brother into clearing the way for him and the life that Eliza had thought would be so bright, suddenly turns sour.