I read this book in rebellion against a reading class for which the only work to get an 'A' was to read X number of pages. I think all of Susan Howatch's works are bricks. This was an easy way to get my quarter's 'A'. I don't know if Mrs. Eddington believed that I actually read it [I did, honest!], but I was able to answer all of her questions, so I got credit. I don't remember anything about it except that it was a long, historical family saga. I do remember thinking in junior high that I would like to write my own historical family saga, but alas, those dreams thankfully came to nought.