Kind Catherine is single and lives modestly, renting a little cottage on the grounds of an old manor in the English suburbs. But her good friend and landlady passes away and after anticipation and anxiety over what kind of person will inherit the estate, a man appears. "Who are you? Who allowed you to come in here?!" Zach demands. He is a cold man from the city who doesn't seem like he has even an ounce of charity in his heart. Poor Catherine grieves, thinking she'll be evicted, but she doesn't yet know what happiness this terrible encounter has in store for her.