Living above her stepfather's fish and chip shop on Merseyside's Paradise Parade, Emily Barr is glad to escape to the relative peace of her job in Wythenshaw's jewellery factory. And when she is promoted to work for young Mr Giles, the son of the owner, she is the envy of all her workmates. What a catch he would be!
Much to her surprise, Emily finds the eligible Giles is trying to woo her, and when he proposes, she willingly accepts. But Giles does not love her and has his own reasons for wanting to marry her. Emily soon bitterly regrets her marriage and has a long struggle to find happiness.