Childhood sweethearts Mary and Jonty have battled against the odds to be together - forced to run away from home and build a new life for themselves. Now they long for a child, but it seems it's not to be. Then one stormy night, a yacht is dashed upon the rocks near their home. Mary and Jonty rush to the rescue and, amid terrible carnage, they save a baby. They name her Charlotte and keep her as their own. Charlotte grows into an attractive young woman, devoted to her parents. But fate intervenes and she crosses paths with her real family. Past secrets are uncovered - with shocking consequences.