After an unhappy childhood, 16-year-old Jane Eyre acquires the post of governess to a young girl at Thornfield Hall. Plain and poor Jane may be, but she is not to be intimidated by the owner of Thornfield Hall, Mr. Rochester, who tries to goad her into defending herself against his verbal pinpricks. As a backdrop to this duel of minds is evidence of a creature or phantom dwelling somewhere within these walls. Jane senses that something tragic must have occured in this place. She ascertains that Rochester knows what is going on, but is determined to keep it to himself. Jane is being drawn into a snare.