Late one evening, Mr Earnshaw returns to his moorland home, Wuthering Heights, with a wild, dirty, black-haired boy, who he has found starving on the streets of Liverpool.
The boy, Heathcliff, grows up with the two Earnshaw children: Hindley, who hates him, and Catherine, who becomes his wild childhood playmate, and the love of his life. 'Whatever our souls are made of,' says Catherine, 'his and mine are the same.' However, Heathcliff is treated as a servant by Hindley, so Catherine marries the rich, gentle Edgar Linton instead.
Years later, when Heathcliff returns, Catherine remembers their passion for wildness and freedom. However, Heathcliff has come looking for revenge, and the terrible strength of their love for one another brings disaster to the Earnshaws and the Lintons ...
Emily Bronte was one of three very talented sisters who lived quietly in the north of England, about 150 years ago. Wuthering Heights, her only novel, is one of the most extraordinary stories of passion and revenge in English Literature.