Trudy Briggs wants money. She is tired of patching clothes and pinching pennies. Her scheme for riches began more than seventeen years ago, a devious plan that included kidnapping a baby. Sylene, approaching her eighteenth birthday, hasn't a hint why her mother has a poorly veiled hostility toward her or her blatant partiality to the other children. She only knows that she is stalked by a shadow that sabotages her happiness and destroys her peace of mind. Then she makes a startling discovery. Will she ever be free from the shadow?