The date is 1876. In a London slum, a young girl gives birth to an illegitimate daughter. Disowned by her family and with her daughter ripped from her arms soon after birth, she soon finds herself being dragged off to a Magdalene Laundry to atone for the sin of having a bastard child. When she is released from the harsh rule of the nuns at the age of 17 years, she begins work as a kitchen maid in the London residence of Lord and Lady Salisbury. As the years go by, she often wonders what had become of her daughter Gabrielle and one day sets out to find her. With heartache along the way, can she ever find her daughter, can she ever find peace?