Why did the name of Dr. Kenneth Garrett turn every face hostile, and seal all lips? Lovely young nurse Julie Garrett desperately wanted to find out. For she was Dr. Garrett's daughter, too young to have really known him, when he died, and now back for the first time in the closely knit New England town where he had practiced.

Quickly Julie found work in the office of Dr. Robert MacDougall. soon she had lost her heart to the handsome young physician, and earned the hatred of the beautiful, willful woman who wanted him for her own. But the trials of love paled beside the threat of terror as a shadowy figure tried to force Julie to give up her search for the key that would unlock the doors of mystery that surrounded the past—and free her to find happiness with the man of her dreams.