'The house on the marshes...
Born illegitimate, Jane Howard inherits nothing but the fiery hair and indomitable spirit of her mother's family, the Blakes. Yet when exquisite, extravagant Anne Blake dies, it is Jane who disposes of the debt-ridden London household.
She goes to Blake's Reach, the ancient marsh fastness of the Blakes, where the smugglers who prowl the marshes befriend her.
Then Charles Blake returns, an aristocrat fleeing the French Rebolution, and lays claim to Blake's Reach...' (Publisher's blurb)