Eugenie Winford is devastated when her beloved father commits suicide, having lost his fortune in the Wall Street Crash. Now Eugenie and her proud, spoilt mother are ruined. Eugenie changes her name and goes into hiding as a housemaid for the Stannard family - anything is better than what her mother has planned for her. But her real identity is soon revealed and Jen has to flee again. She ends up in Lambeth, with a poor but good family, and together they face the hardships of the Depression. But unbeknown to Jen, she is being hunted both by her greedy, manipulative blood family and by the son of the kindly Stannard family.