At an elite private school in Massachusetts, a wide circle of lives will be forever changed by a devastating series of events in Danielle Steel's riveting novel.
Saint Ambrose Prep is a place where the wealthy send their children for the best possible education, with teachers and administrators from the Ivy League and graduates who become future lawyers, politicians, filmmakers, and CEOs. Traditionally a boys-only school, Saint Ambrose has just enrolled 140 female students for the first time. While most of the kids on the campus have all the privilege in the world, some are struggling, wounded by their parents' bitter divorces, dealing with insecurity and loneliness. In such a heightened environment, even the smallest spark can become a raging fire.
One day after the school's annual Halloween event, a student lies in the hospital, her system poisoned by dangerous levels of alcohol. Everyone in this sheltered community — parents, teachers, students, police, and the media — are left trying to figure out what actually happened. Only the handful of students who were there when she was attacked truly know the answers, and they have vowed to keep one another's secrets. As details from the evening emerge, powerful families are forced to hire attorneys and less powerful families watch helplessly. Parents' marriages are jeopardized, and students' futures are impacted. No one at Saint Ambrose can escape the fallout of a life-altering event.
In this compelling novel, Danielle Steel illuminates the dark side of one drunken night, with its tragic consequences, from every possible point of view. As the drama unfolds, the characters will reach a crossroads where they must choose between truth and lies, between what is easy and what is right, and find the moral compass they will need for the rest of their lives.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Danielle Steel has never met a hot-button social issue she can’t turn into a gripping novel. Moral Compass is set in and around Saint Ambrose Prep, an exclusive boarding school welcoming girls into its classrooms for the very first time. When a female student is found unconscious after a wild party, the protective canopy that has sheltered these children of the 1 percent from consequences finally begins to crack. The investigation that follows is intensely thrilling—as the truth is revealed, loyalties are questioned and family bonds are put to the test. Veteran Steel narrator Dan John Miller makes the most of the story’s dramatic beats, punctuating each new piece of this disturbing mystery as it falls into place. Moral Compass is a dark thrill ride for the #MeToo era, fearlessly dealing with issues like privilege, sexism, and assault.