From the day she turned sixteen and discovered the secret of her mother's past, Nicole Rainard's life was to be inextricably tied to a country and a house. The country was England. The house was Lynmara. Almost against her own will life seems to draw Nicole there: from her poverty in Bedford-Stuyvesant in the thirties, to an education in Paris, through the glamour and excitement of London society before the war. A return to American to marry the one man she discovers she cannot live without. Yet it is her inescapable love for this man that finally brings Nicole back to serve england during the war years and ultimately to claim the heritage that was always hers.