Mr. Lockwood, an out-of-towner who leases a house named Thrushcross Grange, visits his landlord, Mr. Heathcliff, who lives in Wuthering Heights, a local manor
Lockwood discovers other mysterious natives of Wuthering Heights, and endures a ghostly visitation overnight.
The housekeeper at the Grange, Nelly, asks Lockwood to teach him about Heathcliff and Wuthering Heights. She tells a complex tale about two families, the Earnshaws and the Lintons.
Wuthering Heights is owned by Mr. Earnshaw who has two children named Hindley and Cathreine, adopts a third, Heathcliff. Hindley resents him and is sent off to college whereas Catherine grows fond of him.
To spy on the Lintons, Catherine and Heathcliff sneak out and are caught. The children of the Lintons warm up to Cathy, but shun Heathcliff. She becomes more social as young Catherine grows up and finally "meets" the Linton family.
Mr. Earnshaw dies and Hindley takes over the residence. Heathcliff is bullied by Hindley and Edgar Linton. Catherine in the meanwhile, grows up to be a proper lady.