Rebelling against the domineering man she believes to be her father, Elin Jones flees her Welsh home and takes a job as housemaid to the wealthy Oxley family. Seduced and left pregnant by the handsome heir, Mr Laurence, Elin agrees to marry the family butler, but finds herself condemned to a life of poverty and abuse. Only her love for her daughter keeps her going.
Despite her disadvantaged background, Laura grows up with her natural father’s intelligence and drive, as well as his talent for business, and when she seizes the chance to buy an ailing company, it is the start of a meteoric career. But Laura’s personal life is less of a success.
It takes a twist of Fate, in the tropical heat of Lagos, to unite Laura with her wealthy relatives and to enable her and her mother to find love and happiness at last.