When Katherine Ainsley came to dark and brooding Polmarram, she was warned against curiosity. But how could she not ask questions when there were so many muted mysteries that might affect her new life? Why, for instance, had the former governess left after only a month? Who or what was hidden in the grim and crumbling tower whose beacon light had once lured ships to disaster in the rocky Cornish cover? What had become of wild, tempestuous Eliza whom Katherine so closely resembled? As Katherine drew nearer to the heart of forbidden and dangerous mysteries and to knowledge that coiuld destroy her she also found herself on the brink of loving the wrong man.