Mariah Bowes thinks that being alone and penniless is the worst thing that can happen to her, but then she becomes the innocent victim of a horrifying act of revenge.
Daniel Thorpe is consumed with guilt, it's his fault that Mariah endured such a terrible punishment, he'd never realised the terrible consequences his affair with the beautiful Lily would bring. Will he ever convince Mariah to trust him again?
But for Mariah there are further horrors to face, truths to uncover. Not least the terrible secret that her father, Ezekiel Bowes, successful iron master and respectable member of the community, is determined no one will ever discover.