For reliable Bella, life isn't turning out quite as she'd hoped. She lives at the Woodman Inn run by her family -surrounded by two useless brothers and a flighty young sister. Times are hard, and when their father dies Bella also has to take on the role of mother to her baby brother. Her days are brightened by the occasional visit from Jamie Lucan - the son of a wealthy landowner. Then her mother announces that the family is to move to Hull. Could things get any worse? Or could this move turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Bella?