To the outside world, Charlotte is the privileged daughter of the local vicar. Behind closed doors, however, she is the prisoner of her controlling father. Charlotte longs for freedom, but her captivating innocence leads her into trouble. Sent to Ireland to hide a shameful pregnancy, she discovers that once again her father has deceived her. She is forced into a convent's harsh regime, where she must eventually give up the one thing that makes her life worthwhile. When Charlotte returns to England, she chooses to forget the past. Becoming a London midwife, she longs only to help other women. But her deep compassion, and desire to prevent anyone else suffering the same horror she did, leads her into a more dangerous place.