Cassandra's happy homelife vanished with her mother's remarriage to a man Cass called the "General." He was an overbearing tyrant, used to his own way, who considered Cass a nuisance. Yet he did not hesitate to pass judgement on her boyfriends--and he absolutely forbid her to marry Kevin Martin. And her timid mother agreed with him. Leaving home would cut her off completely from her mother. But her love was too strong and Cass moved out, expecting to become Mrs. Kevin Martin. But then an accident postponed the marriage and Cass was left in limbo. She couldn't go back home, but neither could she live in sin.... Then Natasha and her french husband arrive.