Aunt Maud’s cruel words shock Rosie Quest. But they also explain the atmosphere of hostility that surrounds her on the run-down Wirral farm: no wonder her Aunt resents having had to take in an illegitimate child, born in the workhouse. It’s quite a relief to escape every day to her job as a machinist in Shearing’s garment factory, even though Beatrice Shearing is a demanding employer.
But when Rosie catches the eye of Ben Shearing, Beatrice is having none of it: her son is much too good for a mere factory girl. When she fails to halt the romance by conventional methods, Beatrice resolves to try more drastic tactics, even if that means threatening the future of Shearing’s and uncovering family secrets best left buried.