Benedict Morland's comfortable life is overset when an old enemy's dying wish leaves him guardian of an orphaned boy. No-one, including his wife Sibella, can understand why Benedict accepts Lennox Mynott into his household and, amid growing hostility at Morland Place, he takes the boy to America, to join his daughter Mary at Twelvetrees Plantation. Here, Benedict, as well as Lennox, fall in love with the Southern way of life, just at the moment when bitter civil war is about to destroy it forever.
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles has written over forty novels and in 1992 won the Romantic Novelist of the Year Award. As well as the Dynasty series she has created the contemporary 'Slider' detective series also published by Little, Brown/Warner.