She came from halfway 'round the world to her mother's family, expecting to find a haven, only to be rejected, denied her birthright, denied even her name. What did Careth Donner owe this small Heather, who came into her life by accident? It was coincidence that brought them together to the house of the Sabronays, Careth coming to claim the possessions of her dead sister, Heather looking for a home. They met on the train, travelers together, and now Careth realized that she could not abandon the child to the hatreds that festered behind the protection of the Sabronay name. Careth tried to help Heather, and then she found herself trapped, with no escape. Would an act of pity cause her to die in this terrible house?