Jaime Somerville is a kind-hearted heiress, who would rather read than
attend the many parties in which her mother tries to set her up with various
eligible bachelors. On her twentieth birthday, a huge, ostentatious party is
thrown at the Somervilles' mansion, where Jaime is expected to announce to all
present which man she has decided to marry. Overwhelmed by the pressure, as well
as her unwillingness to marry any of them at all, Jaime tries to delay but
finally agrees to follow the parlour maid downstairs.
At the landing she hears a strange noise from her late aunt's bedroom.
Jaime hurries to see what might be in the room, ignoring the maid's protests.
However, in the room, Jaime discovers a gang lying in wait for her. The gang
members take her, while a lookalike takes Jaime's place and enters the party,
poised and ready- but not quite grasping Jaime's personality. Her father notices
that she is slightly different, but passes it off as nervousness.
Meanwhile, the gang members smuggle the real Jaime Somerville out of the
house, where she is blindfolded, gagged and brought to an abandoned house far,
far away. She is dumped and left to die; however, unexpectedly, Jaime manages to
escape. She wants her life back and is determined to get back, so she starts the
journey back on foot. On the way, when she comes through a small village, she
stumbles upon a Rectory, and decides to ask if she can have some food and a
place to sleep for the night.
At the Rectory she gets more than what she asks for: Father Jude, an
old, kindly Roman Catholic priest and his "gang" of boys. His "gang" include
five orphan delinquents that Father Jude looks after, and Damien, the son of
Father Jude's best friend, who had passed away abruptly. Jaime quite likes the
"family" and decides to stay for a while- after all, life with the priest and
his boys seems pretty fine. She decides to tell them that she is Danielle
Strong, an orphan whose relatives didn't want her.
All that changes when she comes across a newspaper article saying that the
Somerville mansion will pass to her, Jaime Somerville, as the Somerville
patriach is rumoured to be in bad health. However, Jaime knows that the gang
will get hold of it- and she gets a sickly feeling that they might be doing
something to her beloved parents. She is anxious to be off, and tells the family
that she has to leave soon.
That night, in a drunken stupor at the local pub, one of the delinquents
announces to everyone that Danielle (now relatively well-known in the village)
had decided to depart after reading an article on the Somervilles. Unfortunately
for them, one of the gang members who had helped kidnap the real Jaime is
present and he tips off the rest of the gang. Together, they go to the Rectory,
intending to take her away once again and silence her once and for all. Not
knowing what is happening, the boys put up a good fight, and Damien manages to
bring Jaime away in the midst of the ruckus, still believing her to be Danielle,
an innocent orphan.
He brings her to a rundown village far, far away and reveals that it is
here that he grew up as a boy before his father died. He says that Father Jude
had sold most of the furniture in the bedrooms to get money to raise him, but
that the house should serve them well while they waited for a chance to get back
to the Rectory. Jaime asks why he bothered bringing her away and Damien tells
her he wanted to protect her from the gangsters. They then head up to the
bedroom where Damien is surprised to see everything intact. Father Jude had
lied, and kept the furniture because he knew how much it all meant to Damien.
Damien is about to confess his feelings for Jaime and she knows it. She
then tells him the truth: that she is Jaime Somerville and she is the reason the
Rectory was targeted. She tells him to leave at once to save his life from
danger. He leaves in shock and anger that she lied to him all along. Jaime falls
When Damien is on his way back he realizes what he is doing: he is
leaving the girl he loves in even more danger. If she was Danielle it might be
alright: but she was Jaime, she was being hunted, she was wanted by a very
dangerous gang- and for that reason, sick with himself, Damien starts to run
back, anxious that something might have happened to Jaime while he was gone. He
also remembers what his late father had told him: never to run away from his
dreams. Damien realizes that Jaime is his dream.
When he comes back he cannot get in, for he had barricaded the door
himself; he pushes against the door valiantly in an effort to get to Jaime.
Meanwhile, Jaime hears him, but thinks it an intruder; she grabs the coat stand
that is barricading the doorway and stands ready to fight. When she sees it is
Damien she doesn't believe it. Damien apologizes and tells her that he loves
her. They have a teary reunion.