My compulsive tendencies, aided and abetted by Google, revealed that the series is based upon a treasure trove of novels by Winston Graham, first published in 1945.
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While visiting the country market to purchase meager supplies, he comes across a lamentably dirty child being punched and kicked by a group of rowdy boys. When no one intervenes, Ross steps forward and rescues her. He takes her back to his home with the intention of returning her to her family in the morning, but she begs him to let her stay on as a kitchen maid. The bruises and strap marks across her back bear testimony to her father's abuse, so Ross agrees with reluctance. Gossip and rumors fly about as young Demelza stays on, gaining the novelty of enough to eat and new clothing sans beatings. As she blossoms into a young woman, her gratitude develops into a desperate desire for Ross's affection, despite their difference in class.
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