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The Chateau Valmy, rising in foursquare classical dignity from a wooded plateau in the Haute-Savoie, seemed like a dream come true to Linda Martin. Young, lovely, she had had little in her life to spark a genuine gift for love and laughter, but now, as English governess to nine-year-old Comte Philippe de Valmy, it would be easy to forget the tragedy of her father and mother, the drab orphanage years, the dreary school where she had taught. But tension was in the very air--at first negligible, then building to an unbearable degree, as does a gathering storm.

At its center was the young count's uncle, Leon de Valmy, dynamic, arrogant, yet the epitome of charm, whose paralysis seemed little hindrance as he moved noiselessly in his wheelchair from room to room--supervising, ordering, dominating everyone in sight, including his beautiful but unaccountably abstracted wife and his small, silent nephew and ward. Only his son Raoul, a handsome, sardonic young man who drove himself and his car with equal abandon, seemed able to stand up to him. To Linda, Raoul was an enigma. Though physically attracted to him, she sensed some dark twist in his nature...

And then one day deep in the woods there occurred a frightening, unaccountable incident--the first ripple to mar the calm, serene surface of an idyllic existence.

Here is a superb mingling of suspense and romance interwoven with the brilliant description of the Lac Leman region--its towering firs, clear skies, and sun-drenched hills.

—jacket, William Morrow edition, 1959