After a tragic miscarriage, Beth Tresaile returns to Owles House, the place of her miserable childhood, accompanied by her best friend, Kitty Copeland. Beth feels she can no longer go on unless she gets revenge on her estranged mother, Christina, who abandoned her on a cold winter’s night. But there are many shocks in store for Beth, who discovers that much of her childhood was built on deception.
Kitty is captivated with Cornwall and Beth reluctantly - but later gladly - becomes involved with the locals. And as Beth learns more about her cruel, long-dead father, she realises she must forgo her old resentments. But there are fresh troubles when her married lover, Kitty’s brother, wants to come back into her life....