When Lily Elliott's father dies she loses everything - not just a beloved protector and his wonderful ship the Lily-Jane, but
also the way of life she has always known.
As her mother sinks into a dream-world and the money which had always seemed sufficient turns out to have been mostly
debts, Lily watches, bewildered, as destitution comes ever closer for the Elliott women and their loyal housekeeper.
Then two rescuers appear. One is the most unlikely saviour.
Liam O'Connor, a poor seaman who sefflessly befriends the unhappy little girl. The other is Joshua Crowther, the wealthy owner of Oakwood Place, a grand country mansion where the desperate women finally find refuge.
But Joshua Crowther is not what he seems. By coming to Oakwood Place, Lily and her mother have placed themselves in terrible danger.