Florence is shielded from the filth and poverty of Victorian London by her father's money and status. But when he suffers a spectacular fall from grace, she must abandon everything, including the man she loves, and travel to the colony of New Zealand when compromise and suffering await her. Against the odds, she finds security and love. However, her decision to risk everything to enjoy some of the trappings of her previous life costs her dearly. She must live with the heartbreaking consequences of the choice she has made. Her ordeal leaves her battered but wiser and sets her on a new path. The Moral Compass begins a journey that Florence will complete in the sequel, A Pivotal Right.