Winifred Bedloe lives with her rich father in the country. Though he is in trade, his children were educated to be ladies and gentlemen; and Winifred at least has been accepted in county circles. As the novel opens, Mr Bedloe has disinherited his two sons for their moral and social failures, and has shipped them off to Australia and New Zealand, despite Winifred's pleadings on their behalf.
Now left with only his daughter, Mr Bedloe looks to marrying her well, and refuses to acknowledge the informal engagement between herself and the local doctor Edward Langton. The events which follow will drive a wedge between her and her brothers, and even to some degree between her and Edward. Winifred is learning the painful lesson that doing what she believes is right will please no one.
British publishing information
Periodical: Good Cheer (Xmas ed. of Good Words) 1884