Frank Nesbitt directs this 1970s drama based on the novel by H.E. Bates. Dulcima Gaskain (Carol White) is a beautiful young woman whose life has been blighted by poverty and her unsympathetic family. Seeking a means of escape, she begins working as a cleaner for a farmer (John Mills) who lives nearby. Though the farmer is known in the area as a recluse and a drunkard, he quickly becomes attached to Dulcima and the girl, who witnesses first-hand the amount of money stashed around the house, recognises an opportunity to escape her poverty through marriage. However, a handsome young gamekeeper has also caught Dulcima's eye. Will she be able to choose between money and desire?