Anne Maturin is an orphan who has been raised by her aunt Mrs Hartley, alongside Mrs Hartley's own children. Without even realising it, Anne quietly loves her cousin Francis. However his thoughts and ambition have taken him in a different direction - and what follows will change Anne's life forever.
Biographical and other notes
One of the story lines in this tale appears in two other Oliphant stories. See the Related Story Line entry below.