A huge saga -- of a world destroyed by war -- and a woman made triumphant by love Since she was ten Elizabeth had been forced to give way to the men in her life. First her father, a lonely, selfish widower who needed his daughter as his companion, then Adam, her middle-aged husband, who carried her off to the brittle world of Hong Kong society, ignoring the burning musical talent that she constantly had to repress. And then she met Raefe Elliot, womaniser, soldier of fortune, who repeatedly rocked Hong Kong with his scandals, and between the two of them flared a wild release of love that exploded into the most shocking scandal of all. As the Japanese prepared to invade Hong Kong, as the old world was about to be forever destroyed, Elizabeth at last found happiness -- in her love, and in her progress as a musician. And then the thunder of a savage and terrifying battle broke over her life, and she and Raefe became fugitives in a war-torn world.