Melinda Jefferson arrives in Brixton, in the late eighties, seeking accommodation. On seeing the horrendous birthmark that covers almost half of her face, most landladies decide they have vacancies. When she kcks on the door of Mrs. Bertha Brown, a Jamaican landlady who suffered similar prejudice when she arrived in London some forty years earlier, she is treated kindly and offered a room in the attic. What Bertha doesn't kw is that Melinda harbours a dangerous secret.
Jeannie van Rompaey has an MA in Modern Literature from the University of Leicester and has had a varied career as lecturer, theatre director and actress. Several of her short stories have won awards and her plays have been produced on the London Fringe. Jeannie lives on the subtropical island of Gran Canaria with historian husband, Tony, but goes back to London regularly to see her daughter and go to the theatre.