Lancashire, 1848. Preparations are under way for Annie Gibson’s wedding to Bilsden’s wealthy mill owner, Frederick Hallam. But not everyone is as pleased as they are.
Frederick’s daughter is horrified at the prospect of a new, attractive stepmother arriving at the house on Ridge Hill. Even Annie’s own family feels threatened. The only person who seems pleased is Annie’s brother Tom.
And soon, real troubles begin to pile up for the Gibsons. Tom’s happiness is jeopardised by a shocking revelation that turns his world upside down. Annie’s son, William, finds out some devastating news about his own father. And even Annie’s joy cannot last. Because someone has uncovered the secrets she has fought so hard to keep hidden . . .