She rejoiced in her newfound freedom!
It was Siana's first chance since the accident to prove that she could cope while her aunt and uncle were away.
The encounter with the stranger on the beach, however, soon spoiled Siana's pleasure. Then strange things began to happen.
Who was this stranger, Matthew Craven? Siana found him both frightening and attractive; she wished desperately he would leave her alone. But Matthew was adamant. He was there to help her whether she wanted him to or not.