Samuel Singleton, a farmer's son, enlists as a teenager at the outbreak of the First World War, after which he goes to Malaya to start a new life as a rubber planter. He meets Ruth, an attractive and sophisticated woman. They marry, but the marriage is stormy, and Ruth has an affair with the young doctor on the rubber estate
His childhood sweetheart, Mary, realises that something is wrong when Sam does not send for her as promised. She has not told him that she is pregnant and attempts suicide by jumping off a bridge on Sam’s mare, Bella, but is saved by their neighbour, Richard Lewis. They bring up the child, Andrew, as their own.
Sam and Ruth have a child, Stephanie, who is sent to school in England. While Stephanie is training to be a nurse at a London teaching hospital, she meets a medical student, Andrew Lewis, and discovers that they are neighbours. They fall in love and decide to marry. Sam's parents then decide they must tell Sam that Andrew is his son and therefore Stephanie’s half brother, and that Stephanie and Andrew must end their relationship.
Total Pages: 321
Published: 20 April 2012