The heroine, Carol, flees with her young son Keith to Palm Springs, California, to escape her violent ex-husband, Owen. In Palm Springs she seeks sanctuary at the gated estate of an aunt she had never met but with whom she had corresponded over the years. Her Aunt is a recluse but was once a famous Hollywood actress who ended her career abruptly under circumstances shrouded with mystery. Much of this novel is spent with Carol's agonizing over whether her ex-husband will snatch her son, Keith, as well as worrying about her fragile relationship with her aunt and whether her aunt will allow her and her son to stay at the estate. I did not enjoy this book at all. As a final insult, the ending was completely preposterous, even for fiction.