At seventeen it seems that Barbara, youngest of the Hall clan, has the world at her feet. She is pretty, she is mischievous, and she has grown up wanting for nothing.
But the carefree idyll is about to end with the suddenness of a summer storm. For a shadow of which she knows nothing hangs over her charmed life; a long dark shadow from the past threatening her happiness and denying her the one man she truly loves. And in the world outside the Hillsbridge valley the clouds of war are gathering . . .