1960s. Maggie Wheaton's life is almost perfect. Confident, bright and popular, she lives with her loving, wealthy parents in a close-knit Cambridgeshire village. But, just days after her sixteenth birthday, her world falls apart: an accident kills both her parents, and then she suffers the ultimate betrayal when she learns a life-changing family secret. Maggie has choice but to go and live with her appointed guardian, Ruby Riordan, in the seaside town of Southend, where she sets out on a deliberate path of self-destruction. Will Ruby be able to save her from herself, or is it all too little too late?
Marie Maxwell was born in London and after living here, there and everywhere, now lives happily by the sea in Essex. Her varied working life has included jobs as an air hostess, a teacher and a social worker, and she has been a freelance feature writer for many years. Marie also writes books under the name Bernardine Kennedy.