This is a romance from an earlier time when honor and integrity were more important than having everything you want. It revolves around the schoolmaster, John Gray, who falls in love with a shallow tease (Amy). He wants to marry Amy but she marries someone else and he falls into a deep depression and ends up getting close to Amy's aunt, Jessica. Jessica is married so it becomes a forbidden love and John moves to VA to make a new life. Suddenly, Jessica's husband dies and she writes to John but he has already married and started a family of his own.