The year is 1902. The love affair between a young aristocrat and the daughter of his tutor ends in sorrow and disgrace, he is dispatched to Europe and she is left behind. When their child is born he is adopted by the Pritchett family. Years later he is claimed by his father's relatives.
Claire Lorrimer wrote her first book at the age of twelve, encouraged by her mother, the bestselling author Denise Robins. After the Second World War, during which Claire served on secret duties, she started her career as a romantic novelist under her maiden name, Patricia Robins. In 1970 she began writing her magnificent family sagas and thrillers under the name Claire Lorrimer. She is currently at work on her seventy-first book. Claire lives in Kent.