The story follows the privileged life of the
heroine Isabella and her brother Clarence.
It meanders through their young lives, their
adolescence and schooling, describing the joy's
and the dramas along the journey.
The huge divided between the wealthy and
those living in poverty are discussed along with
the vast differences existing between them.
The Merryweather family decide on a move from
the Black country to the South of England and to
Kent. It is here that Isabella falls deeply and
secretively in love with a man who her family would
consider a totally unsuitable partner.
Their lives become both complicated and tragic,
Isabella against all the odds of a rich woman working,
becomes a teacher and she continues to take the reader
into her later life within this role.
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