Catherine Morland, aged seventeen, is addicted to reading Gothic novels. She
joins her wealthier neighbours on a trip to Bath to partake in the winter season
of balls, and finds herself pursued by the rather rough-mannered, slovenly John
Thorpe, and by her real love interest, Henry Tilney. Henry's father invites
Catherine to visit their estate, Northanger Abbey, which she expects to be
ancient and full of Gothic horrors and fantastical mystery.