In early nineteenth-century Tasmania, Catherine Nicolson enjoyed the privileged lifestyle on the grand estate of Willowbank. Inspired by her grandmother Kate, she possesses a deep-rooted compassion for those less fortunate. When her idyllic life is shattered by unexpected tragedy, Catherine’s circumstance becomes difficult and precarious, and she wishes to escape its drudgery and danger. She is torn between two choices.
Should she follow her heart, marry for love, and risk her place in society?
Or should she marry well, pleasing her family and securing the means to fulfil her life-long desire to help the ‘Ordinary Folk’?
Will Catherine pursue intimacy, or seize convenience?
What path will she choose, and where will her faith and choices lead her?