Emma Coles' life is shattered when her widowed father Frederick is imprisoned for theft. She never believes that he is guilty - but her uncle thinks otherwise. Reluctantly giving Emma a home over his jewelry shop, he forbids all contact with the convicted man. But Emma secretly visits her father in prison. As time progresses, Emma's relationship with Ricky, who works at the prison, deepens and for a while it seems that the future might not be as difficult as she feared. Then tragedy strikes.
Caught in a welter of family politics, Emma remains determined to prove her father's innocence. Yet when the real culprit is uncovered, the revelations are shattering. Only by facing the truth can Emma find happiness.