He claimed to be a man of God. But he did the devil's work.
Thomas Thorpe hides his carnal desires under the mask of a pious preacher. When Ann Spencer rejects his advances, he evicts her, claiming she is living in sin with a young man. But Alec is a ward and Ann has made a promise to her dead father that she will protect the Russian boy. Taken in by kind-hearted Leah Marshall, Ann and Alec repay her by working in the dairy. But Thomas Thorpe will not leave them in peace. Playing on the paranoia engendered by the Great War, he sows seeds of doubt about the foreigner in their midst. Once Ann becomes an outcast, he will be able to claim her unwilling body for his evil purposes.