Young Hannah Fyres has problems! Her father has remarried and her step-mother wants her out of the way so she can inherit the family home. In the 19th century it is fairly easy for her to banish the poor girl to a finshing school in Germany, where her sufferings are almost constant and then onto Lady Cortley who is about to undertake a world tour. At every turn it seems that Hannah is punished unfairly and that she will never find happiness. But as she experiences submission more and more, she begins to learn how to enjoy it - even when it involves pain!