Jennifer Winfield goes to work as a residential secretary at the Manor House, where the elderly Lady Barclay is researching a book of the family history. Jenny intends the job to be merely a means of filling the time until her fiancé, Peter, returns from an assignment abroad. But although life is initially uneventful in the secluded Manor, it does not remain so for long.The unexpected arrival of Simon Barclay and a young American, Allan Howe, turn Jenny's world upside down. Unprepared for the powerful attraction she feels for two very different men, Jenny's emotions veer chaotically out of control. Now unable to face Peter, she breaks off their engagement. but knows there is no certainty that either Simon or Allan will want to take his place.Then, history seems to repeat itself as the Barclay ancestors merge with the present in an intriguing, disturbing and strangely romantic manner. but with sinister undertones that threaten tragedy.