This is the story of an ordinary English family that, partly because of the times through which they lived but more probably because of the choices they made, became an extraordinary family. The characters are drawn from life, but much poetic license has been taken, and the order of events and conversations of necessity, fictitious; but their stories are true. They are taken from the diaries, letters, and recollections of those who experienced them. Dates, times, and names have been changed to protect identities and privacy. It tells of the beautiful, gentle Catherine Hamilton, whose romantic dreams saw her caught up in a loveless marriage to an English policeman in Ceylon, manipulated into a web of deceit and cruelty. Her beloved sister, Victoria, talented, ambitious, and vivacious, who became the darling of the West End in prewar London, and of the trials and tribulations of the two young English women in the 1920s, in Ceylon. It tells of the heat, leopards, snakes, and the inherent dangers in the colony. Also of the men in their lives, and of the children, whose lives were so influenced by the choices of their parents. My father wanted this story told.