From the book cover:
"'Her body would imprison her in soft places. She would be allowed no adventures other than love, no achievements other than birth.'
Ellen Melville is a beautiful, red-haired suffragette who, at seventeen, wants passionately to experience all that life can give her. From her abandoned and impoverished mother she inherits only a capacity for love, and this she gives freely when she meets Richard Yaverland--charming, experienced, a man of the world. But Richard is the illegitimate son of a powerful and frustrated woman. Marion Yaverland uses her own betrayal by Richard's father to imprison her son, creating a murderous bond that destroys everything it touches. The struggle of Ellen and Richard to survive the sins of their fathers takes its inevitable course: giving freely to her passionate lover, Ellen commences a reenactment of all that has gone before. . ."