Sylvia Hoffer was rich, but more than riches she longed for a daughter. It was a fateful wish, for Marilee's coming meant her mother's death in the unexpected terrors of childbirth. But Sylvia lived long enough to beg that her child be raised far away from Oak Island...and from the man who was her father! Now, nineteen years later, Marilee was returning to the home she had never known, to meet Brett Hoffer for the first time in her life. The invitation came at a time when Marilee's life was jumbled by plans for marriage, and at first she thought of refusing. But she changed her mind, & came to Oak Island...to find herself thrust in the midst of a nightmare of living hatreds & ambitions fostered by unbelieveable evil! Oak Island has seen the death of her mother, & now it was going to see the destruction of the child.