When young Solomon’s father is injured in a tragic accident he finds himself at the Red Cliffs Ragged School on the Torquay coast – a place that takes care of the poorest children from the cities and is watched over by kind-hearted but over-worked Sarah Sullivan.
The school’s new travelling mistress, the beautiful, flame-haired Sheena O’Reilly, is going to be a godsend. With Red Cliffs facing closure due to lack of funds it’s all hands on deck while Sarah, Sheena and schoolmaster Harry Higgins get the school, and the children, ready for inspection.
Life at Red Cliffs is tough enough, but Sarah didn’t expect her once-sweetheart Harry to take such an interest in feisty Sheena. And though Solomon now has a home and people who love him, he is still withdrawn and sullen.
For it’s not just the death of his father plaguing his thoughts, Solomon is also hiding a terrible secret in his heart . . .