The story begins in 1814 in Kellynch Hall, Somerset.
Sir Walter Elliot, a vain widow baronet, has three daughters. Elisabeth, the eldest one took the head of the family when their mother died. Anne, the second daughter, is 27 and since her first love interest didn’t comply with her father’s expectation, she is celibate. In everyone’s mind, she is to become an old girl… Mary, on the other hand, the youngest one, is already married to Charles Musgrove.