Fresh from university, Emma Woodhouse arrives home ready to embark on adult life with a splash. Not only has her sister been whisked away on a motorbike to London, but her astute confidante, Miss Taylor, is a loose end watching as Mr Woodhouse worries about his girls. Someone is needed to rule the roost and young Emma is more than happy to oblige.
Often found rearranging the furniture at the family home of Hartfield or instructing her new protegee, Harriet Smith, Emma is in charge. But for someone who knows everything, Emma doesn't know her own heart. And there is only one person who can play with Emma's indestructible confidence, her friend land inscrutable neighbour George Knightley-this time, has Emma finally met her match?