Mettlesone melodrama of the early 19th century in a story of a night at an English inn, the Fleece, whose new owner is Will Oakley, ex-sailor. His daughter, Harriet, efficient, precise, and disfigured by smallpox, holds tight rein over family and staff; his other daughter, Myrtle, lovely and useless, is in love with aristocrat, Roger. Into the picture comes a figure from the past, set on blackmail, bringing violence and high emotions. Norah Lofts once again successfully recaptures a mood of place and times. She tells a good yarn. But this doesn't measure up to her best.