Orphan Leonara Halloway was raised by her cold, vindictive step-grandmother and her distant, elderly grandfather. Her father was killed before her birth in World War I and her mother died shortly after her birth. Leonora grows up in a house full of secrets and dim references to a murder many years ago. No one will answer her questions. When her grandfather dies, it is revealed to Leonora that John Hallows, the man she believed to be her father, actually died 10 months before her birth and that her mother was a whore. The grandmother inherits all property and money and virtually enslaves Leonora for many years. Eventually, Leonora falls in love, marries and leaves her grandmother and ancestral home for good. One day an elderly soldier comes to her house to tell her that he knew her father and mother. He was a party to all their secrets and Leonora finds out more about her family than she could ever imagine.
This report prepared by Maureen Collier