The cloistered world of a young woman is shattered one afternoon when her mother is brutally killed in a robbery. With a father long dead and now left alone she realises how little she knew about her parents. Embarking on a quest to discover more Emma Bertram uncovers a mystery that initially poses more questions than answers. A quest that takes her deep into the past before she was born and also into mortal danger as others now pursue her for answers of their own. Her search takes her to the West Country, then down to the South Coast of England and finally to the Spanish Costa Blanca where the startling truth of her parentage and the reason for its secrecy is played out in a tense drama in the Spanish outback. Clive Anning spent most of his working life in the printing industry before moving into bookselling which he still enjoys today. He lives in Devon with his wife and has two adult children.