England's best-loved living novelist, Vida Winter, with 56 best-sellers to her name, contacts Margaret Lea to write her biography. Margaret has never read a Vida Winter novel, perferring instead any work published in the 19th century. She finds Winter's best-selling book, Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation, in her father's used book store. Margaret reads it and is captivated, especially when she finds there is no thirteenth tale in the novel. Agreeing to meet, Margaret travels to Vida's home. Margaret knows Vida has never told any interviewer the truth about her life and childhood.
Beginning with a tale of twin sisters, Adeline and Emmeline, the mystery of Vida's life mesmerizes Margaret. However, Margaret doesn't take Vida's story at face value, instead trying to confirm facts through newspaper accounts, records and a visit to Angelfield, Vida's childhood home.
This report prepared by Jan Lamers