After being driven from home by their brutal father, the Willett sisters find themselves facing greater heartache in the wider world. Nell, the middle daughter, has left home to be with her lover, Cliff, fearing what reprisals might come from marrying against her father’s wishes. The couple head for Lancashire, but Nell’s happiness is short-lived. A gypsy palm-reader tells her she will still find her destiny, under ‘three big trees on a hill’ and her luck does seem to change when she meets Gil, and farmer and a gentleman who she can’t help but feel drawn to. Could the trees on his land be a sign, or will Nell be too damaged by her past to let herself love again?