Deborah Dainton is the daughter of Dr. Douglas and Dr. Erica Dainton, parents with very liberal ideas which they like to share with their daughters. She has two other sisters, both studying medicine, so Deborah is the only "non-medical" member of the family. She is also the sister with a physical disability from infancy, which causes her to limp, and she can walk only with the aid of a walking stick.
Deborah is employed at Whittington's, the autctioneers, where she works as a cataloguer of the china and porcelain collections. Due to her disability, she formed an early habit as an avid reader. She therefore found it easy to pick up and retain information on china and porcelain, and before long, became a trusted expert in her field.
Early in the book, Deborah meets a character called Leigh. She is not really attracted to him, and believes that because of her disablity and her low self-image resulting from it, he (or any man) could not be attracted to her. However, Leigh is pushy and persitent. In the end, they date, and after more persistence on Leigh's part, they have sex. She starts to believe the impossible: that Leigh loves her, and they begin to live together. She has now fallen in love with him, her defences as well as her walking stick, long since fallen away. However, Leigh is not at all what he seems. Every little knot and twist in the psychological unravelling of their relationship is examined. What are Leigh's true motives are in getting involved with Deborah? In the last part of the book, where his true motives and their consequences are slowly revealed to Deborah, the reader is left shattered at the masks that cruelty can sometimes present.
This report prepared by Kim