Set in the 18th century against the backdrop of the wild and rugged Yorkshire moors, Wuthering Heights is the story of love, longing and revenge. It was the only novel of author Emily Bronte and is widely recognised as one of the great romantic novels of English literature. However, it is not a pretty love story; rather, it is a swirling tale of largely unlikeable people caught up in obsessive love that turns to dark madness. After a visit to his strange landlord, a newcomer to the area learns about the Earnshaw family who once resided in the house known as Wuthering Heights; the wild, cruel and proud adopted “Gipsy” child, Heathcliff, is matched in temperament by Catherine, daughter of the house. But although Catherine loves him, even recognises him as her soul mate, she cannot lower herself to marry so far below her social station. She instead marries another, and in so doing sets in motion an obsession that will destroy them all.