Flamboyant and fun-loving Kit Kilmaster rebels against the constraints of Victorian Society and pursues her dreams. But, as Kit is to learn, there is a high price to pay for happiness . . .
While her brothers and sisters resign themselves to a life of drudgery, the voluptuous Katherine Kilmaster yearns for better things. Though her kin try to instill in her a sense of duty, Kit's craving for the good things in life is too strong. And when her generous heart tempts her into dangerous situations with young men above her station, the family are scandalised by Kit's brazen attitude - although that doesn't prevent them accepting a share in the material rewards.
For a time Kit revels in the life of a courtesan, launching herself upon London Society, until an unexpected consequence of her free-and-easy lifestyle stops her in her tracks.
Thrust back into claustrophobic village life, Kit falls prey to malicious gossip, and then to tragedy. Overwhelmed by events, she finally heeds the advice of her family, and is almost destroyed in the process. But then a chance encounter promises to deliver the husband and children she has always wanted - provided her shameful secret is not revealed . . .