Lucy starts her life in early 19th Century Eastern England in a good home as her mother is a maid to a well-to-do family, but they have to leave to a life of poverty. Well for Lucy anyway and her mother takes all the money she earns. As she blossoms into late teenage, Lucy find herself the centre of attention of two eligible men who hate each other.
This tale of life in the times of smuggling depicts how hard it is to survive unless you get a chance. Lucy needs to make a choice, but which should she choose. As a reader I knew which one I wanted her to go with and at times was annoyed that nobody ever gave their true intentions. But that seems to be the way it was in those days. You could wait a few months before finding out the punchline of a joke.
I enjoyed this story even if I though Lucy was a bit child-like at times. There was enough romance and smuggling action and drama to keep me interested and wanting to read on.