Katharine is told by her guardian to visit her uncle and give him a lunacy charge as it would give them more money. Katharine's livelihood depends on her choice, if she chooses wrong her aunt could cut off her supply of money.
All Katharine wants to do is be able to be free, when she starts to care for the villagers she tries to find a way for both to be true and reachable.
When she finds a man she could marry and achieve everything she wants with, he ends up being evil and poisons her so he could fufill his plan.
One of her friends ends up drowned, Katharine inherits massive amounts of money, and the one person she loves leaves for France to tract down the man who caused all the suffering at Stranwyne.