Agnes Fillmore met Cory Williams when she was most vulnerable - her dearly-loved father had just died. He had been overindulgent with her, giving her an education far beyond any thing a woman of the 19th century could ever hope for. She was, therefore, independent and very intelligent - except when it came to men.
Cory was the kind of man who turned women's heads - handsome, rich, sophisticated, intelligent and witty. But there was a dark mystery about him, and he was evasive about his past.
Agnes felt drawn to him, but was the attraction really love or was it a sinister force that operated for a purpose Agnes could only sense but never imagine? Would marriage to this stranger be the fulfillment of her dreams - or the beginning of a nightmare that would drive her to the edge of madness?