In 1944, 16-year-old Violet Shine fell in love – a pure, passionate love that would never die. But her parents saw the affair as a shameful episode that must be concluded and concealed. In their austere world, the only solution was to imprison Violet in the tower room of their rambling house, Whitecliff. Sixty years later, Claudine Armstrong is involved in the sale of the now derelict Whitecliff. Rumours have long surrounded the house and its former owners - and one visit is all it takes to draw her into Violet’s story. At a turning point in her life, it seems the secret locked away all those years ago could be the very thing that sets Claudine free . . .