Following a terrible mining accident, Eve and her sisters are left orphaned and homeless. After nights of sleeping rough, they arrive at Gateshead for the hirings at the Michaelmas fair. No one wants them, but when all seems lost, Caleb Travis, a young innkeeper, takes pity on them. Eve works tirelessly at the inn to repay Caleb's kindness. She finds herself falling in love with Caleb, but he only has eyes for Mary. Eve lives in hope that Caleb will notice her, until tragic events force her to accept she must leave the inn and make a new life for herself. Too late Caleb realises that the woman he has loved all along may be lost to him forever . . .