The MacFarishes and the Macraes are lifelong enemies living on a remote island in the Western Isles of Scotland. Mary Lawson is a Scottish orphan brought up in a convent who arrives on the weekly steamer to come and work as a servant to the Macres.
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Depressing "Othello" type tale of a young woman living in a deeply misogynistic society, and torn between a sexual predator posing as a love interest, a jealous and lecherous older brother, and a simple minded younger one (the Othello type character). It really is as grim as it sounds. I'm going to give it three murderous seagulls out of five murderous seagulls.