The year is 1860. At the age of eighteen, Kirstie Drummond has just run away from the confinement of her grandparents' stiflingly Victorian home in Edinburgh--but the awful mystery of her other grandfather who died under the terrible circumstances fifty years ago, follows her to the glen of Draco. Inevitably, this slim, red-haired beauty attracts a flock of admirers...but her striking features also awaken memories shrouded in darkness and shame. A shadow falls upon her new life in Glendraco, and Kirstie finds herself grappling desperately with a widening circle of ominous questions. What is the austere Countess Draco hiding? What is the object of Angelica Paston's smouldering passion? What is Lord Caerlaverock's secret vice? And what possible connection is there between her own ancestral past and a horrifying web of attempted rape, murder, and white slavery?
Slowly the pieces of this menacing puzzle begin to fall into place as Kirstie comes ever closer to the dreadful truth about her grandfather--a truth not fully disclosed until she herself faces death amidst the terrible squalor of Glasgow's slums.