From the back cover:
"She was the innocent bride of a daredevil Irishman, and she was Shanghai bound! Torn from familiar roots, swept up in the passions of her tempestuous marriage, bewitched by an exotic world of untold splendors and primitive terrors, Laura Valentine swore to make a life for herself and her family in China.
Through war and peace, through the heat of desire and the agony of bitter loss, her love and courage would sustain them. The Valentines--they would remain to prosper, to wrest their fortunes from the vast promise of the Orient, bound by its unfathomable secrets, ruled by the swift, seductive pulse of an ancient, alien land."