When 16-year-old Mary MacAlistair receives a mysterious box from the mother she never knew, she finds a name and address carved beneath the lid - the only clues to her real identity. Her search for her past leads her to New Orleans...and brings her far more than she expected, from the seamy underside of the city to the seductive powers of Valmont Saint-Brévin.
The legacy of Alexandra Ripley's Charleston lives on in this next installment in her Deep South saga. Let the passion, deception, secrets, and revenge creep under your skin like South Carolina heat as you plunge into this gripping novel of Southern intrigue.
This is a story of a Charleston family and the courage, love, and passion that bind them to each other and their vibrant South Carolina city. Follow this extraordinary family from the final years of the Civil War through Reconstruction to the beginnings of the ragtime era. At the story's center is Elizabeth Tradd, who as a child witnesses the horror of war, as a young girl learns the worst that men can do, and as a woman discovers the breathtaking passion that comes to but a lucky few.