Anna was just the daughter of a staff member at the earl's residence. Then she started working for Lord Brentmore, who was looking for a tutor for his children. But his manor, with its gloomy lord and aloof staff, was forboding. The lord slowly comes out of his shell when he sees Anna's kindness to the children. And as he learns about the pain in Anna's heart, forbidden feelings of love begin to take root in his own.