'We never see our parents as they really are. They are always our parents, figures of authority in the landscape of our childhood who have control of us and can punish us for our wrongdoings. All our lives we strive for their love and approval and are never sure that we have it.' Played out against the actual events of the times, Muriel Maddox's latest novel is an absorbing story of two sisters, Barbara and Annabel Ashford, who grow up in a privileged life in Washington, D. C. and whose lives take divergent paths. Barbara, the older creative daughter, longs desperately for a baby sister, and when finally Annabel arrives, she is ecstatic. She will now have someone to play with and share secrets with in the house on Tracy Place. But things will turn out far differently than Barbara expected. Set in the wealthy Virginia hunt country and the glamorous capitals of Paris and Beirut, we meet the different men involved with the sisters, as Annabel weaves her web of greed and deceit, until fate eventually catches up with her and brings the tale to a dramatic conclusion.