Growing up in a small Wiltshire village, Abbie Morris knows what lies ahead - a life of drudgery as a menial servant, like that of her sisters. But everything changes when Abbie is twelve and their emotional, spirited mother casts them into a crisis for which no one is prepared.
Six years later, the Morris family have rebuilt their lives, and when Abbie and Beatie set off for the county fair, they couldn't be happier. That is, until a chance encounter with Louis, a personable, handsome stranger, leads to tragedy. As Abbie struggles to forget what happened that night and get on with her life, she meets the charming, honourable Arthur. But it seems that she might never recover from the night she stayed so long at the fair.