Minda returns to the dismal castle of the Duke that abandoned her as a baby. She has to deal with ruthless greed just to stay alive and claim her inheritance. Her loyal servants from Lostnock support her in a tense stand-off with the uncompromising Abbot as she mobilises opinion against him. In this second volume of the Minda series she continues to do what men can't, winning hearts by calculated outrageousness, care and improvising happy families she never had. It is a torrent of white-water story-telling as a teenager asserts herself. With tension, secrets, humour, romance, and hardly any violence, every day brings new threats and opportunities.