Recently widowed, Katherine Chambers is taking her young son to visit her husband's
family when disaster strikes. The ship they are sailing on runs into a severe storm off
Robin Hoods Bay on the Yorkshire Coast. The Whitby lifeboat goes to their rescue but the
freak weather conditions mean that not only is the ship lost but the lifeboat crew as
However, among the bodies on the beach, a survivor is found. Identified as a "Katherine"
from the engraving on the bracelet she wears on her wrist, she has no knowledge of who she
is or where she is from, Dr. Bennett, the local doctor in Robin Hoods Bay, is called in
but though he can treat Katherine's cuts and physical ailments there is little he can do to
heal the gaps in her memory. Determined to save her from being placed in an institution,
he asks his spinster sister to take care of her until her family can be traced. But
jealous of her brothers interest in Katherine's care, Amelia Bennett is not always kind to
her charge. She takes a cruel pleasure in Katherine's predicament, and especially her
turbulent reaction whenever there is a storm. But until Katherine can remember her
past, her future is far from certain.......