Six years earler, sixteen-year-old Leonie Newlyn had been attacked and raped on a late night train as she travelled back from a concert in London. As a result she had borne a child, Katy, whom she adores, but she remains mentally scarred and terrified of men. After Katy starts nursery school, Jordan Gaverne, a man in his mid-fifties, offers her a job and later, when he is widowed, security as his wife. By chance Leonie meets Hugh Mawgan, now a solicitor but once the schoolboy she'd had a huge crush on, who makes it clear that he thinks Leonie is making a mistake in marrying Jordan. But then the news she least wanted to hear...her attacker is being released from prison. To whom can she turn - platonic fiancé Jordan or the unsettling old flame who is challenging everything in her life?