Emily Brontë (Emma Mackey) grows up as the daughter of a vicar in rural Yorkshire. The stubborn, serious girl is regarded as peculiar in the village. Emily feels most at home in nature - and in her fantasy world: when she makes up stories together with her siblings, the outsider blossoms. But there is no more room for such "spinning": the Brontë sisters have to contribute to the family's upkeep. Emily is supposed to become a governess, just like her sensible older sister Charlotte (Alexandra Dowling).