Margaret has spent most of her youth growing up alongside her cousin in her aunt's estate in London. Her parents, residing in Hampshire, call their daughter back to their side, only to have them all move to the North of England in a town called Milton. Margaret hates every thing about their new home and spends her time pining for the wonderful South she was forced to leave behind
Mr. Richard and Mr. Moncharmin are the two newly appointed managers of the grand Paris opera house in the late 1800s. Their predecessors, Mr. Debienne and Mr. Poligny, warn them about a certain “ghost” who lives in the opera house and requires a monthly allowance of 20000 francs.