At the age of four, Han, a young woman born into dire poverty in 1950s Singapore, is sold as a slave to the wealthy house of Wu. Forming a close bond with the young Wu heir, Han's childhood attachment grows into a bittersweet existence of frustrated love and passion. As their love becomes a struggle against the forces of tradition and tyranny, author Catherine Lim evocatively captures the ethos of a wealthy and powerful Chinese household in an era of breathtaking beauty and shocking brutality. 336 pages
"It's love-between-the-classes plot may be a chestnut, but Lim enriches it by painting in many of the daily details in the life of a Singapore Chinese household of the period. Its love interests tell more than their own stories..., providing a welcome glimpse of an unfamiliar society."
New York Times Book Review - Kimberly B. Marlowe (02/08/1998)