To the world, Amy Foster is a girl who never smiles, but beneath her passive exterior, there is hidden passion. Amy is a pagan spirit, a collector of gifts from the sea. Her world is irrevocably changed when the sea delivers to her the most beautiful and most impossible gift of all. Yanko Gooral is a passionate adventurer who has left his Ukrainian homeland in search of the new world - America. When Yanko is washed overboard by a murderous tempest, he finds himself a stranger in a hostile land. When he crosses the threshold into Amy's world, however, they form a bond too powerful to be broken by the hate and suspicion the ignorant masses of Cornwall, England, rain down on them.