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Bell House is the name of a beautiful, if rundown, seventeenth century manor house in Kent, England. The Aubrey Bells have been the continuous owners since the 1690s but the twentieth century was devastating financially and it is now up to theMoreBell House is the name of a beautiful, if rundown, seventeenth century manor house in Kent, England. The Aubrey Bells have been the continuous owners since the 1690s but the twentieth century was devastating financially and it is now up to the eldest son to restore his home to its former glory. He is a fine businessman and money is no longer a hindrance. He hires a high profile American woman living in London (Capucine Blais) to revitalize the grounds of Bell House. She leaps upon the idea of restoring a seventeenth century labyrinth and takes the job. Cap soon realizes there is a mystery behind this maze and begins to dig, somewhat impulsively. She uncovers the unsolved murder of her employers mother twelve years before. She learns of the institutionalized brother, who at the age of twelve found his mother dead. She hears rumors of affairs. A particular Valkyrie like model for their father, Hugh, a well-respected painter, features prominently in the gossip, as does Hughs suicide a number of years later.Her curiousity is peaked. She makes contact with a reporter who lived in the area at the time. He too is obsessed with this case and decides to tell her all he knows. He makes her see and feel those days and months and the years of anger and sorrow that followed. Cap knows now that what may be exciting and mysterious to her is a reality of fear and rage for her employer and his little family. They have spent more than a decade closing their eyes and opening them may be just too difficult and dangerous a task.By the time Cap realizes she has fallen in love with the Englishman, she finds out she may have gone too far, pushed too hard. Gertrude Ineson, no longer the Valkyrie beauty of years passed, enters their lives again. Capucine has put her future, possibly all of their futures, in jeopardy.