Polly Conway now lives in luxury as the wife of Dominic Manone but, bored by her overprotective husband, finds distraction in a dangerous affair. Dominic has troubles enough of his own as his gangster father draws him into a drastic venture involving Edgar Harker, a sinister go-between, Penny Weston, a beautiful and amoral blonde and an unimaginable fortune in forged banknotes.
Down-to-earth Babs, meanwhile, has her hands full keeping her demanding brood in line and her daft fast-talking husband Jackie out of jail.
Only young Rosie appears to have found peace in Shelby's Bookshop in spite of her deafness, until that is she encounters Kenneth MacGregor, a handsome young policeman, whose intentions may - or may not - be honourable.
As the web of suspicion and deceit tightens around Dominic, Polly finds herself threatened from all sides until she is finally forced to choose between her sisters, her husband and her own unfulfilled ambitions and desires.
Born in Glasgow, Jessica Stirling is the author of many heartwarming novels, most of which have Scottish backgrounds. She has enjoyed a highly successful career since The Spoiled Earth was published in 1974.