The novel takes place in the early 19th century in the UK. Anna, brought up in a monastery boarding house for girls. The girl's training is coming to an end, she is getting a good education, but she understands that the poor orphan can count on the work of a governess, but it's difficult to get settled without recommendations. The abbess of the monastery, mother Maria, offers Anna the work of a governess with her friend, Duchess Henrietta, whom they visited together two years ago. Arriving at the Duchess, Anna sets about her duties as governess. Meets the Duchess's oldest son, Norman. Tender feelings flare up between the young people, but Anna realizes that they have no future. But also to force himself to refuse love is also not in power. The best way to preserve your honor and save your beloved from scandal in society is to disappear from the life of the Duke of Norman. Anna goes to London, where she is waiting for life in poverty and a meeting with street gangsters. However, Norman's love is stronger than secular prejudice. He finds Anna and betrays her to go to America and become his legal wife there. However, the trip did not take place. The Duchess and mother Mary suddenly appeared on the doorstep of the hotel and revealed the secret of Anna's birth. There are no more obstacles for loving hearts.