From the moment she learns of the stranger's visit, Molly Tattersall is filled with a sense of fear. A short time later, Molly's mother disappears, leaving behind a letter in which she asks Molly to take care of her five brothers and sisters. Molly's wayward father rejects his responsibilities, leaving Molly to make a choice between the young man she has given her heart to, and the family she adores, and who now desperately depend upon her. Just eighteen, Molly is made to realise that, however hard the decision, she must put the children's happiness before her own. It is the cruellest decision of her life, with long-reaching and heartbreaking consequences. Only one thing is certain: Molly's life will never be the same again.