Colonel Brandon's Diary
At the age of eighteen, James Brandon's life is set fair. He is in love with his fatherÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ward, Eliza, and he is looking forward to a lifetime of happiness with her. But his world is shattered when Eliza is forced to marry his brother and James joins the army in despair.
Returning to England, Brandon finds Eliza in a debtor's prison where she has found herself after her divorce and subsequent destitution. He rescues her from her terrible position, but she is dying of consumption and he can do nothing but watch and wait. Heartbroken at her death, he takes some consolation from her illegitimate daughter, whom he raises as his ward. But at the age of fifteen, the young Eliza goes missing...