April 27, 2012
Nothing is more important to Rupert J. Willows than the image he has built to hide the deep secret of his true identity. A master manipulator, the ruthless and charismatic Rupert schemes his way into the upper class when he purchases the opulent mansion, Ravenscraig Hall. It is the turn of the 20th century in one of the fastest growing cities in North America. True power is within Rupert’s grasp as long as his secret stays buried. Malka Zigman is a survivor. Orphaned in London, she leaves England to join her Uncle Zev and his hardworking family in Canada. Recent Jewish immigrants who escaped from poverty and violence in czarist Russia, the Zigmans struggle to put down roots in the slums of North End Winnipeg. With family resources stretched thin, Malka takes a risk. Everything is about to change as she reinvents herself as Maisie Rosedale and crosses over to the exclusive world of the English as the new maid at Ravenscraig. Pitching rich against poor in a brawling, raucous, frontier boom-town with a taste for fine theatre and loose women, Ravenscraig climaxes on the Titanic.