When the path of poor orphan Victoria crosses that of young landowner Richard love is in the air.
It's 1860s England. Obstacles stand in the way of their happiness. He has a wife who is in love with another man. Divorce, even amicable, is difficult.
Richard's evil father is wedded to control and the destruction of his son's independent wealth. He's in cahoots with the villainous Tweedale, former master of Victoria's orphanage and Woodward, a sinister sea captain who steals girls for work in colonial houses of ill-repute.
A beautiful gypsy creates a misunderstaning that drives a wedge between Victoria and Richard.
Murder, arson, conspiracy and jealousy combine to threaten Victoria and Richard's happiness and her life.
Gallows Hill is never far away.