Britain, 1954. The Hemery Ladies Academy boasts a wealth of young ladies who represent the creme-de-la-creme of female students in this country, with two exceptions - Anne Summers, who is hopeless at all physical and other elitist subjects, she is regarded as a rank outsider, and her only friend, Jessica “Willow” Rosenberg (so named, because of her protensity for weeping when exposed to the ruthless nature of some of the girls). They are constantly bullied, savagely teased, particularly by head girl Cordelia Chase, and Anne is saddled with the nickname “Buffy”, because Anne is regularly given the job of polishing the pupils' and teachers' shoes, buffing them to give the maximum shine, hence the disrespectful pet name. But one night, the head librarian, Rupert Giles, tells her she has inherited a supernatural ability, passed to one girl in every generation - the power to kill vampires and demons! Using her nickname, she embraces her new-found skills and takes on the creatures of the night - an endeavour she can never reveal to those around her.
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