Determined to escape her father's plans for her future, Anna flees Holland and elopes with her sweetheart, Jan, to England. They go to Colchester, the hub of the thriving cloth industry. But settling in is not as easy as the young lovers had imagined. On the advice of a local church minister, Jan takes up poorly paid work as a dyer and Anna is offered work in the minister's home, keeping house and looking after his pregnant wife. But she soon realises the true motives behind Minister Archer's generosity. With no money and nowhere to live, their future is far from certain . . .