Helena Standish knows that a good marriage would enhance her father’s social status. The wealthy and enigmatic Oliver Faraday is considered an ideal match, so why does Helena have faint misgivings? Nicholas Carstairs has little patience with frivolous pleasure-seekers or an upper class that closes ranks against outsiders. Why then is he entranced by the lovely 'girl in the window' - a debutante who would appear to be both of those things?
When young paintress Megan Cresswell is left penniless in 1950, her choice is stark - struggle to pay the bills or find a husband. Choosing independence over a mother-in-law from hell, she takes an extra job with the wealthy Celia Bevington and discovers a different world to the one in the pottery factory, one of refinement and snobbery. But only when the mystery surrounding her inherited silver hairbrush is solved, does she discover a shocking and tragic family secret.