The story takes place at the turn of the 19th century in rural England. The Bennet family, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters - Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia - live in comparative financial independence on a working farm, Longbourn. Unfortunately, Longbourn is destined to be inherited by Mr. Bennet's cousin, Mr. Collins. As a result, Mrs. Bennet is anxious to marry off her five daughters before Mr. Bennet dies. However, Elizabeth is convinced that she will never marry unless she is compelled by true love.