Bess Hawksmith was cured of the black plague by her mother with magic. They both watched as the villagers and the rest of their family died from the disease in 1628. The price her mother paid was to be hanged after a witch finder came to the village and convinced the townspeople that she and another lady were responsible for some of the deaths. When Bess is shunned by the villagers she makes the same mistake and becomes a witch also with the help of the evil warlock Gideon. Unlike Gideon Bess is determined to use her magic to help others as a nurse. But a life of immortality is lonely and she is constantly on the watch for Gideon who is pursuing her.