In the novel The Moving Finger, Joanna Burton was a young and very pretty woman. She paid a lot of attention to her looks, dressing up etc. However she was also empathic and compassionate. After her brother Jerry Burton was injured during a flight, his doctor Marcus Kent advised him to go to the contryside along with his sister. So Joanna joined her brother and went with him to Lymstock. She fell in love with Owen Griffith, whom she later married. They both stayed in Lymstock.