Madame Gabrielle de Talence is aware of the extent to which a reckless step, taken when young, can alter the course of an entire life. She anxiously and bossily watches over her grand-children, romantically-inclined Jacqueline, clever Heloise, shy Marie-Colette and quietly rebellious Jerome de Sauzon, in their chateau home in Belle-Isle, as they grapple with teenage problems. But Jacqueline slips out of Madame Gabrielle's grasp when, at the age of eighteen, she leaves Belle-Isle to spend a gap year, between school and university, in Liverpool, the noble city of her dreams. When Jacqueline's path crosses that of Teddy Laurence, a young teacher at Bramblewell School, near Chester, a chain of events is set in motion: events that have dramatic consequences not only for Jacqueline, but also for her family, for her boyfriend, Jacqui, back in Belle-Isle, and for Teddy.
As the story unfolds, moving from Belle-Isle to Liverpool, Ellesmere Port, Chester, Paris and Bordeaux, Madame Gabrielle de Talence gradually becomes conscious of the fact that mysterious forces are at work in the lives of the Sauzon teenagers, forces of which they are unaware and which have their source in a tale of betrayal, played out centuries before.
Publisher: Countyvise Ltd