In this sweeping historical novel, a Scottish lady will do anything to protect her aristocratic life from the guilty secrets of her humble origins.
Young and ambitious, Marion Cheyne feels trapped by her poor village roots and her lowly job as a domestic servant. So when she’s suddenly faced with an opportunity to escape her dead-end life, she doesn’t think twice. Absconding from her employer’s home with more money than she’d ever seen in her life, Marion sets out for a new life in faraway Aberdeen.
Years later, the struggling servant girl Marion has become Marianne, wife of the heir to Castle Lyall, and every inch the lady of the glen. More a business arrangement than a love match, Marianne's commitment to her role and to the name of Lyall is total. As family, friends and world wars come and go, she will stop at nothing to protect her hard-won position. But the many secrets of her past refuse to stay safely buried. Nothing in the small community of the glen can remain hidden forever . . .