Ombra acts as a window to the social life and customs of the late 19th century England. It is the story of Katherine Courtenay, a great heiress whose parents died even before she was able to recognize them. She lived in Langton-Courtenay with her nurse, governess, and many servants under the guardianship of her father's uncle. Things took a turn when she received a letter from her distant uncle asking her to visit him and his daughter 'Ombra.' Excerpt from Ombra "At fifteen Kate Courtenay was the very impersonation of youthful beauty, vigour, and impetuous life. She seemed to dance as she walked, to be eloquent and rhetorical when she spoke, out of the mere exuberance of her being. Her hair, which was full of colour, chestnut-brown, still fell in negligent abundance about her shoulders; not in stiff curls, after the old mode, nor crêpé, according to the new, but in one undulating, careless flow. "