Compelled by circumstances to obey his imperious father's decision to send him to Jamaica, Edward Rochester goes along with the plan—an arranged marriage to a woman he has never seen—but the consequences prove disastrous.
A neglected second son, Edward Rochester struggles in the shadow of his elder brother, whose jealous intrigues poison everything he touches. When Edward’s long-cherished love and hopes for happiness with a childhood sweetheart are crushed by those intrigues, he is devastated.
Seeking to blot out the bitter failure, Edward takes the path laid out by his father and flees England. Certain he will never return, Edward embarks upon what becomes a fifteen year odyssey driven by the hope he might one day find such a love again.
But when one disappointment after another weigh him down until he is resigned to a loveless existence, Edward finds himself returning to the family home he had once forsake, never imagining that what awaits him there will change his life—forever.