An extremely rich powerful family in New York with two children. The boy brought up to inherit the fortunes of Coral Ridge almost totally owned and powered by this family. The girl Katrina wayward from her days as a teenager ends up in a marriage disapproved by her parents, disowned by them and she dies and then her husband leaving behind two children.
The story of the two children Tyler and to a lesser extent Alyssa brought to the Engelman household and held in disdain and dislike by both their aunt and uncle and terrorised by their cousin Barstow. That a family could treat their own with such dislike, such coldness which was the worse form of cruelty and overlook the ill treatment of the children by their own son was harsh. It also continued till adulthood and finally led to the rape of Alyssa and the utter humiliation of Tyler.
The story gets more and more twisted as it went along - with the older Engelman's becoming lonely, alienated from the community and the end is surprising.
Terrible families, dysfunctional relationships, harsh living all found in one story.
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