Spirited teenager Catherine Morland (Jones) has an over-active imagination, fueled by the popular gothic romances she reads. Taken to fashionable Bath by family friends, Catherine falls in with two different families: the Thorpes and the Tilneys. Catherine becomes romantically interested in gentle Henry Tilney (Field) and is invited to their rather sinister family estate. Carried away by her surroundings, Catherine thoughtlessly upsets Henry and is then left to wonder about her future. Based on the novel by Jane Austen.