Set in the 1930's, the classic novel from bestselling author
Lesley Pearse tells the story of one girl's struggle against
cruelty and, her quest for love.
Twelve-year-old Adele Talbot's unhappy mother Rose succumbs to
madness after a family tragedy and Adele is placed in a bleak
children's home. But when her trust is betrayed she runs away -
hoping to find her grandmother in Sussex.
By the time she does so, Adele is desperately ill and has to be
nursed back to health among the beautiful Rye Marshes. And then she
meets the wonderful Michael Bailey.
As friendship blossoms into love and they come of age together -
Adele becoming a nurse and Michael joining the RAF - she believes
she can put her troubled past behind her. But with the outbreak of
war and the sudden appearance of Rose, bearing shocking family
secrets, suddenly all of Adele's hopes appear impossibly fragile