In the bitter November wind, Mary Yellan crosses Bodmin Moor to Jamaica Inn. Her mothers dying wish was that she take refuge there, with her Aunt Patience. But when Mary arrives, the warning of the coachman echoes in her mind: Jamaica Inn has a desolate power, and behind its crumbling walls Patience is a changed woman, cowering before her brooding, violent husband. When Mary discovers the inns dark secrets, the truth is more terrifying than anything she could possibly imagine, and she is forced to collude in her uncles murderous schemes. Against her will, she finds herself powerfully attracted to her uncles brother, a man she dares not trust.