Jane Eyre (Susannah York) is an orphan who is hired to serve as a governess at Thornfield, an English manor lorded over by the strict Edward Rochester (George C. Scott). Sinister things start to occur around the manor, but Jane and the temperamental Rochester come to cherish their time together. They fall in love and decide to marry. But Rochester has yet to inform his bride-to-be about a certain matter. And when his secret emerges, Jane must face an enormous challenge.