When young Katherine Edmond’s carriage turns into the Emery estate, she sees the irascible Jerard Emery on the black horse. She is coming to live on his Connecticut estate after her mother’s death, but both he and his mother give her a cold reception. Jerard is concentrating on regaining the family textile mill his father lost and now feels burdened with the arrival of this girl.
As time goes on, seeing Katherine blossom into lovely womanhood and appreciating her developing musical skill, he becomes attracted to her and wants her for his own. He attempts to control her life by dictating her choices. But an unsuspected strength surfaces in her, and she resists him when she sees his ill-usage of others.
When his mother suddenly sends Katherine away alone to work in New York City, Katherine wonders, will she ever find the stable home and love that she longs for?