At the turn of age, to that of consent, Melinda is sent for an education. Not to any normal acedemic establishment though but to one where she will gain an education in life. She gets that and more as the man charged with educating her takes the spolied brat in hand - in more ways than one. Conflict abounds as she resists and defies him but she cannot win and learns that it is better to comply than to suffer. Later though she comes to enjoy her education but still a rebelliousness remains within her and surfaces often to continue the conflict between them. He though has the task of bringing her to heel and does so in style.