The Story So Far
The Bell Inn on the Lancashire coast is home to the MACGREGOR family. SANDY runs the inn with his wife ETHEL and daughters AMARYLLIS, DORCAS and BETSY.
ADAM WHITLOCK has returned home to Haddonsell Grange from working in India to deal with his family’s affairs.
Adam’s sister PENELOPE has a friend staying at the Grange, LYDIA, who is desperately seeking a husband before her father forces her to marry someone of his choosing.
SIMON BALDWIN has returned from Liverpool and set his sights on Amaryllis, much to her friend NOAH’S chagrin.
KIT CHESTERTON is involved with canal construction at nearby Akenside. Originally from Jamaica, Kit wonders if Sandy is his father, after finding letters addressed to someone called MARIETTA in his adoptive mother’s effects.
The couple had a child called CHRISTOPHER, Kit’s given name. He also found a St Christopher medallion, which Amaryllis notices is identical to one Sandy owns.
Kit confides in Penelope, and she convinces him to speak to Sandy . . .