"Victoria Willoughby, an intense young painter, is the heroine of this Civil War era novel, set at an isolated Indiana lighthouse and in the boisterous streets of Chicago. In 1868, she confides the secrets of her anguished present and her turbulent past to her diary, or lighthouse keeper's log. As she records her life, she desperately schemes to ensure her future. At stake is both the survival of her family and of her art."
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