NEWCASTLE 1880

Marian Brookfield is just eighteen when she makes a promise that will change her life for ever. After her father Henry is savagely murdered, she vows to put aside her own dreams and always provide for her younger sister Annette. It is a decision she will live to regret.

Selfish and spoiled,Anette is determined to persue a career as an artist. And Marion is persuaded to marry wealthy landlord Victor Bateman, who has offered to pay Annette's art school fees. But the wedding night reveals a brutal side to Victor's character and Marion fears she has married a monster.Daniel Brady, an aspiring journalist and friend of Marian's is conducting his own investigation into Henry Brookfield's murder. Brookfield had been looking into the conditions of Newcastle's worst slums when he was killed, supposedly by a vagrant. When Daniel's research leads him to Victor Bateman, he realises the slum landlord is hiding many secrets. And Marian is in terrible danger...