Summary from inside book: "..the story of Bell Timson,a sympathetic and often unpredictable woman who became one of the fabulous backstage figures of London society-prosperous, smart, and seemingly above reproach.
Divorce, and the urge to give her two daughters a better chance in life than she had had, set Bell along a road to success which led to one of the most intimate and difficult decisions a woman ever faced. But whatever the risk, she was determined to give her children every advantage and the fashionable schooling she believed they needed.
Bell preferred becoming a masseuse to remarriage and mediocrity, and with the help of her good friend Alice Logan, and by the full use of an attractive personality, this profession carried her into the confidence and companionship of the highborn ladies of London's fashionable West End. It wasn't long before Bell was getting top rates at her job while her children attended an expensive boarding school. If Bell had been content with relative prosperity this story would never have come to its dramatic climax.
But she met a French doctor who offered her a dangerous opportunity to achieve the even greater security and position she felt her daughters deserved. It was a risky, unlawful way, but Bell took it with her eyes open..."