(From the back cover)
"The tobacco lords of the 18th century straddled two worlds-the teeming, steaming tenements of filthy glorious old Glasgow, and the forbidding exotic forests and plantations of the new colony of Virginia. Into this world were born two women. Annabella Ramsey, daughter of a tobacco lord, wilful, enchanting, impetuous. And Regina Chisholm, whose mother was hanged for stealing, who lived the life of a beggar and whose inward bitterness began to turn her into a woman of silent strength and power."