To know young and innocent Joyce Calder was to love her - and to love her was to risk agony and even death. Her family was the first to find this out, struck down as if by the hand of God or else by the savage strength of Satan. The kindly old doctor who adopted her soon found himself in a hell compounded of his fear and her awakening passion. The medical student who courted her...the handsome wastrel who demanded her...the Phenwick heir who came from so far away to be near her...all dicovered the temptation and the curse of a girl who could not escape the evil that shadowed her beauty and darkened her destiny as a Phenwick woman....
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