- Seven years prior to the novel's beginning, Anne Elliot had fallen in love with a young naval officer named Frederick Wentworth. Anne's family persuade her to reject Wentworth as being poor and socially inappropriate for the Elliot family. Anne, 27 and still unmarried, re-encounters her former fiance when his sister and brother-in-law, the Crofts, lease Kellynch, the Elliot family estate. Wentworth, now a Royal Navy captain, is wealthy from wartime victories and prize-moneys for capturing enemy ships. However he hasn't forgiven Anne's rejection.