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When widow Kathleen Lowther meets wealthy Matthew Merton a noted Research Scientist she finds love and security when he asks her to marry him. He adores his two year old stepdaughter Annabel and nothing is too good for her. As she grows he indulgesMoreWhen widow Kathleen Lowther meets wealthy Matthew Merton a noted Research Scientist she finds love and security when he asks her to marry him. He adores his two year old stepdaughter Annabel and nothing is too good for her. As she grows he indulges her every whim, even when she knows her mother does not agree with what she wants. Matthew is blind that he is creating a girl with a craving for wealth despite Kathleens attempts to make him aware of it. When Matthew dies from a massive heart attack from an aneurism, she is surprised to receive a letter from Roland Perry his solicitor asking her to see him urgently. His letter is formal and when she sees him it is like seeing a stranger despite the long friendship when Matthew was alive. Kathleen is shocked when Roldan tells her that Matthew had drastically altered his will, disinheriting her, apart from a modest bequest and a large bequest covering all Annabels education up to University or Finishing School. Kathleen learns from the solicitor that the main beneficiary of Matthews estate including the house is a man. The short note of explanation shocks Kathleen, who knows she can never tell Annabel the truth behind the changes they must make. Knowing she can still mix with her rich friends at the boarding school, knowing the bequest is able to continue her aim to be rich. Distancing herself from her Mother. When Lady Dorothy Chelmsford starts the school Annabel cultivates her friendship, knowing that she has a brother Edward. Kathleen has taken a position with John Peterson, a Merchant Banker whose wife Jacqueline,has Huntingdons Chorea and requires nursing. It is in this position that Kathleen sees a newspaper announcing the engagement of Annabel Lowther daughter of the late Kathleen and Keith Lowther, and Viscount Edward Chelmsford, son of Lord Richard and Lady Jane Chelmsford. It is reading this which sees Kathleen unable to prevent an aggressive and violent attack by Jacqueline and is badly injured. When Jacqueline dies John asks Kathleen to marry him, and she gradually becomes aware of what is happening in Annabels life as a Chelmsford.