Gloucestershire, 1731. When his youngest son is killed in a tragic accident, Sir William Keyt, master of Norton House, begins his descent into a spiral of misery and excess. He squanders the fortune amassed by his ancestors and destroys the family name. The building of a second mansion on his grounds defies expense and denies mortality; an emblem of the Keyt name for generations to come. Keyt can tolerate no obstacle to his desires – including his eldest son’s love for a young maidservant. Molly Johnson has captured the heart of the heir to Norton House, dividing the household and the family she serves. Driven mad with lust and jealousy, Keyt sets about to destroy Molly’s honour and her spirit, breaking the heart of his son, and ultimately, bringing about the ruin of his family. When the worlds above and below stairs collide, a family is destroyed, and a once-grand house is reduced to rubble. This is the tragic story.