For Abigail Chiswell, the Colne river front in Colchester, Essex, is a second home.
With its own sights and sounds - of crowded quaysides, fishing smacks and packed oyster barrels - it means more to her than all the lofty rooms and comforts of her father's home.
When she falls for local fisherman Matthew Bateman, Abigail's family loyalty is stretched to breaking point. While Hiltop House represents the pinnacle of her father's wealth and success, for Abigail its very luxury keeps her from the life - and the man - she loves.
She followed her heart and gave up a life of luxury. Will she find a way to thrive in the new and unfamiliar world she's facing?