Lenore St. Allengere discovers as a young girl that she is no more than a higher servant in the Silk House where she lives with her grandmother, who works as a dressmaker for the Sallongers, the owners of the house. She grows up knowing only that she is an orphan. She attracts the attentions of the sons of the house as she grows up to be a beautiful young woman... and also those of a handsome young man who visits the house, evoking jealousy in the daughter of the house. She gets engaged on her seventeenth birthday to the younger son of the house, who has recently returned from a trip to visit the French branch of the family in Villers-Mure and study their patterns of silk- making. On their return, the older brother had revealed a new method of producing silk that provided the necessary boost to the family fortunes. However, when Lenore's new husband Philip mysteriously commits suicide soon after their marriage, she is determined to solve the mystery but she must first deal with more pressing problems- her position in the house, for instance, as well as a baby.
This report prepared by Rhea John