Anne of Green Gables The moment an eleven-year-old plucky orphan named Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables, the lives of brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, are changed forever. Anne is a skinny, self-possessed spirit with fiery, red hair, whose boundless imagination transports her from one adventure to another. Marilla agrees to keep Anne if she stays out if trouble, but Anne can't help but get into scrapes. Perpetually in search of likeminded kindred spirits, Anne's journey to belong is met with many obstacles along the way. However, she is determined to say and do anything to convince her stay at Green Gables.