On a bitterly cold day in 1904, the Deravenel familys future changes forever. When Cecily Deravenel tells her eighteen-year-old son Edward about the death of his father, brother and cousins in a fire, a part of him dies with them. Edward and his cousin Neville Watkins, vow to unearth the truth, avenge the deaths, and regain control of the family business usurped sixty years earlier. Following a hard-fought battle, Edward emerges victorious, and becomes the glamorous head of the Deravenel empire. But soon, catastrophe threatens to destroy the family and the business. Power and money, passion and adultery, ambition and treachery all illuminate a dramatic saga set against the backdrop of the Edwardian Era and the Belle Epoque, just before the First World War.