Set in Cornwall at the turn of the twentieth-century, Madeleine
Brent's first novel follows the fortunes of Cadi Tregaron, a
sixteen year-old fisherman's daughter. Happy in the small community
of the coastal village where she has spent her life, the only hint
of disquiet has been a recurring dream - of a great house standing
in water and of a faceless man who awaits her there - a dream which
is sometimes wonderful and sometimes terrifying. By a cruel blow
Cadi is left alone in the world, but she is taken into a wealthy
family where she lives like a lady with servants to wait upon her
and is treated as one of the family. Too self-reliant to be spoilt
by this change in her fortunes, she is perhaps too self-reliant for
her own good, for at Meadhaven she finds mystery, danger and a
hidden enemy. Is it the wayward young Richard Morton? Or the
grey-eyed stranger who is forever watching her? Or is it Lucian
Farrel, her benefactor's maverick nephew, whose face now becomes
the one to haunt her dream. But the dream turns to nightmare, for
she finds that the house standing in water is a reality and that
she is bound to it by a freak of ancestry. Here, in the house of
her dream and far from her own country, Cadi comes to know
heartbreak and grief, and learns the frightening truth about
herself and the hidden enemy who threatens her life.
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