The past always catches up with you.
The arrival of the beautiful and secretive Helen Graham and her young son at Wildfell Hall causes a stir among the local people, intrigued by her reclusive behaviour and unknown past. One of these is Gilbert Markham, who offers her friendship and finds himself increasingly attracted to her. But when Helen becomes the subject of ever-crueller gossip and speculation, he wonders what she is hiding. Only when she allows him to read her diary can the shocking details of her horrific past – and her true identity – be revealed.