All her life people have told Dulcie Taylor they'll look after her and her sister May. And every time her trust has been betrayed. When they are sent to an Australian orphanage, Dulcie is full of hope, but the promised fresh start turns out to be a vicious illusion. Then she meets Ross, another orphanage survivor, and finds a kindred spirit. But the past continues to haunt her, and Dulcie will have to summon all her strength and spirit to fight for the happiness she deserves - and protect her younger sister.