• Twenty-one and beautiful, Ruth Elms, was seduced by Peter Darrall — a brilliant academic and political mind — shortly after finishing college. When her relationship with Peter goes awry, she turns to Freddie for help. Despite her affluent upbringing, Ruth was deeply neglected as a child by her mother and sought comfort in her busy father. Freddie was her confidant in those early years of her life, and she was distraught once he left their family home after the war.