It was a long way from China, to Cluain, the great, austere manor house in the Scottish Highlands. As the young girl stepped from the train that had brought her to Northern Scotland, a sense of such loneliness and desolation assailed her that the distance seemed even greater. Was it an omen? What force had driven her to seek out a mysterious and embittered grandfather she had never known? What impelled her-unannounced and probably unwelcome-toward an ancestral home she had never seen? the answers came readily to mind, but they only added to her fear and anxiety.