Fenella formed an immediate liking for Colin Bretherton and his charming, diminutive mother, not at all the poisonous pair his ex-wife, Aureol, depicted. He was kind, generous, a dedicated doctor. but where Eily his small daughter was concerned, his attitude was distant and enigmatic. Eily's relationship to her separated parents became the battleground for Aureol's manoeuvres. Fenella, becoming increasingly attached to her charge, was powerless to intervene on Eily's behalf and found her loyalties sharply divided between the attractive doctor and the rejected child.