A multi-generational saga of lost love, lies, rebellion, and jealousy set in Barbados. You know, just a family story.
I've always secretly hoped that I had a long-lost aunt somewhere ready to leave me an impressive estate. Chances are slim for me, but for Emily Dawson, the lesser cousin in a prosperous English merchant family. While her uncle is a shipping magnate, her father is a vicar, and Emily knows her cousin will take over the family business and there is no room for her there.
Then her grandfather dies, and she finds out she has inherited a sugar plantation in Barbados. A sugar plantation no one knew he owned. She, along with her cousin and his new wife, travel to the plantation to find it is a burnt-out shell after a slave uprising and there are rumors of ghosts and other unpleasantries.
Emily can't figure out why her grandfather would leave her a dilapidated sugar plantation. She doesn't know why a neighboring family is so intent on buying it from her. The answers seem to lie in the past tangled up in deceit, greed, doomed love, and betrayal.
Critics say Willig has outdone herself on this one, and that's saying a lot because she doesn't write a bad book.