Magdalen Vanstone and her sister Norah learn the true meaning of
social stigma in Victorian England only after the traumatic
discovery that their dearly loved parents, whose sudden deaths have
left them orphans, were not married at the time of their birth.
Disinherited by law and brutally ousted from Combe-Raven, the
idyllic country estate which has been their peaceful home since
childhood, the two young women are left to fend for themselves.
While the submissive Norah follows a path of duty and hardship as a
governess, her high-spirited and rebellious younger sister has made
other decisions. Determined to regain her rightful inheritance at
any cost, Magdalen uses her unconventional beauty and dramatic
talent in recklessly pursuing her revenge. Aided by the audacious
swindler Captain Wragge, she braves a series of trials leading up
to the climactic test: can she trade herself in marriage to the man
she loathes? Written in the early 1860s, between The Woman in White
and The Moonstone, No Name was rejected as immoral by critics of
its time, but is today regarded as a novel of outstanding social
insight, showing Collins at the height of his powers.