Revealing a surprising side to the world painted by Jane Austen and the Brontes, this moving drama tells of the passionate and dramatic life of Anne Lister, Britain's first modern lesbian. "I was not born to live alone. I must have someone with me and in loving and being loved, I could be happy" Maxine Peake delivers a remarkable and heartfelt performance as Anne Lister, an early 19th century Yorkshire landowner whose deciphered journals reveal the agonies and ecstasies behind her scandalous lifestyle... A landowning gentlewoman who defied convention, Anne Lister follows her passion in pursuing and seducing the beautiful Mariana. However just as their exhilarating, illicit affair threatens to scandalise society, Mariana chooses to marry the older but wealthy Charles Lawton. A distraught Anne, denied the love of her soul mate, is forced to look elsewhere for the passion she craves. In her remarkable struggle to survive Anne discovers new depths that test her spirit and the fortitude of her convictions.