When the widowed Mrs Dashwood and her family are forced to move to a small cottage in the country, two very different sisters experience their first taste of love with wildly different ramifications. The impetuous Marianne falls madly in love with the handsome but duplicitous John Willoughby whose abrupt departure for London shatters her dreams. Staid Elinor's dream of a marriage to Edward Ferrers also suffers a severe setback forcing her to face a life of spinsterhood. As the girls attempt to rebuild their lives, faces from the past return to haunt them, with unexpectedly joyous results. Jane Austen's classic tale of loves sought and thwarted, won and lost is an indisputable classic of world literature.