When tragedy strikes on the day of her wedding with the accidental death of her fiancé Frederick, Charlotte Worthington goes into a rapid decline taking her close to insanity. When her father dies soon after it is too much for the young women and she takes to her bed and with the help of some sleeping drafts commits suicide. However her lonely and restless spirit is not yet ready to leave the home she loves and she wanders the halls and corridors of Moorcroft waiting for Frederick to return to her.
Charlotte’s character is confusing, at times kindly and loving and at others mischievous and spiteful as she strives to get her own way, so she has mixed feelings when the Gardener Family invade her home and become its new residents. Sarah, the young daughter refuses to acknowledge the existence of the ghost and Charlotte torments her in return. Richard the son grows from a cheeky boy into a handsome man and Charlotte is captivated and is determined to make him her own. Totally unaware of Charlotte’s existence, Richard falls head over heels for his sister’s best friend Victoria and proposes marriage. It is then that the trouble really starts. To what lengths will Charlotte go to rid herself of her rival and win Richard’s affections?