The grey family is not well off to begin with. And now, Richard grey, the head of the household has lost all his savings in a dodgy investment. He now lies in his home, depressed. The family is on the brink of abject poverty. It is time for the women to take over. Richard‘s wife Alice tries to reduce the expenses, daughter Mary sells her water colours, but it is the youngest child of the family that really helps in its financial rebuilding. Agnes grey has decided to work as a governess. She arrives at bloomfield mansion for her first job, mildly excited from the sense of freedom and independence she feels. But she has no clue just how uppity the English gentry can be and how difficult it will be to manage the unruly, bordering on cruel, children of this house. Will Agnes remain determined to pull through, despite the ill treatment she receives? Or will she cave and fall in despair, just like her penniless father?.