When Laura Page returns to the remote village of Welwick, it is to try and discover the mystery of her mother’s early life. Now a local property owner in Hull, Susannah never speaks of her childhood – brought up with the terrible stigma of bastardy, of being nobody's child. Born into poverty, Susannah’s mother had caught the eye of the local landowner's son. She was his one and only great love, but when she died giving birth to their daughter he could not acknowledge his child and had to watch her growing up in hardship. Many years have now passed and Laura wonders if her mother will ever be reunited with the father she had scarcely known.