Following the death of her husband in a car accident, Virginia Keiles sends her children to stay with her mother-in-law and goes to recuperate at the house of a family friend in Porthkerris, Cornwall. Surrounded by all the luxurious trappings of wealth, she is nonetheless lonely and struggles continuously with guilt over leaving her children with their nanny and grandmother, while she enjoys a holiday. In addition, visiting a place she hasn't seen in ten years fills her mind with memories of her last visit.
At the tender age of seventeen, she and her mother had gone to stay with the same family friends, and there Virginia had met Eustace Phillips, a neighbouring farmer. Though ten years older, he had been kind to her, and understanding in a way her mother never could be. Virginia's feelings for Eustace were rapidly developing from admiration into something deeper, when her wealthy, snobbish mother had met him for the first time. Instantly disapproving of both his occupation and station in life, and refusing to allow anyone or anything to disrupt her plans for Virginia's future, she arranges to take Virginia back to London at once. A misunderstanding leaves Virginia convinced that Eustace does not love her and never did; despairing, she is persuaded to give in to her mother's plans, and soon finds herself married to a "suitable" young man that she hardly knows.
This report prepared by J.C. Clark