The tale tells the story of Stephen, a young orphan boy, who is sent to stay with his much older cousin at a remote country mansion. His cousin is a reclusive alchemist obsessed with making himself immortal. Stephen is repeatedly troubled by visions of a young gypsy girl and a traveling Italian boy with their hearts missing.
The story was first adapted for television by ABC and broadcast by ITV on March 5, 1966 as an episode of the Mystery and Imagination series. However, no archive recordings of this episode are known to exist.