A compelling saga set in the late-nineteenth century.
As a child, living in a small village in the heart of the French countryside, Thérése Daurignac grew up believing her spendthrift, unreliable father's stories of a secret inheritance. Many years later, at his funeral, Thérése looks back at her own struggles to rise above misfortune, and to uncover the truth about her father's mysterious past, especially the contents of his secret strongbox . . .