Love is strong. Fate is stronger. Bryn Mancini was born under a lucky star. As he celebrates his silver wedding, he rejoices in a beautiful wife, handsome grownup children and the house of his dreams overlooking a bend in the river. But something dreadful is drifting downstream to his door. Apollonia Durrance is a misfit, the emotionally neglected youngest child of an entirely selfish marriage. Her strongest influence is a man she never met her great grandfather, John Ashe. Api thinks marrying for money might bring her the security she craves, but on her wedding day she meets again the only man who has haunted her dreams. From the moment of this second meeting, two tragic destinies are set.