Indiana (1831) is an absorbing and vivid romantic novel, set partly
in provincial France, partly in Paris, and partly on a tropical
island. It tells the story of a beautiful and innocent young woman,
married at sixteen to a much older man. She falls passionately in
love with a handsome, frivolous neighbour but discovers too late
that his idea of love is quite different from her own. It is only
after a series of painful experiences that she comes to appreciate
the silent devotion of her loyal and protective cousin.