Stephen Wadham, the young minister of the thriving Union Church in London, meets a vision of loveliness while on holiday, the Lady of the Chine. Unfortunately she disappears as quickly as she appeared. Stephen is hiding a shameful secret, and when a small child, cold and hungry, turns up at his church one evening begging for food, he knows his past could be about to unravel. With an elderly maiden aunt trying to control his future, and the reappearance of the Lady of the Chine, the situation become almost unbearable when he is seen on several occasions leaving the Jolly Masons public house, and is accused of drinking and gambling. Another sensitively edited book from White Tree Publishing’s favourite Victorian author.