There followed a hush, the air loaded with anticipation. Waiting was a gruelling enough punishment on its own. Butterflies fluttered in her stomach and she panicked and struggled against those impossible bonds. Then there was a whoosh behind her, followed by a thwack.
‘Ow!’ she screamed as leather connected with her bottom and fire lanced her. ‘Oh, ow!’ She almost wet herself with the shock of it, so harsh, so brutal, so inescapable.
Amelie Aston is an orphan. When eight she was adopted by the Reverend Thacker and brought up by him and his wife in a Somerset village. She led a sheltered life, though as she matures she is subjected to the unwelcome attentions of his sons. Thacker, too, lusts after her, relieving his frustration by administering corporal punishment, correction, using his whip and cane.
Now eighteen Amelie is a lovely young woman with chestnut hair and green eyes, and obsessed by his guilt, Thacker finds her a position as companion to Lord Mervin Bessborough’s sickly sister, Millicent. There is nothing physically wrong with Millicent, her ailments down to sexual frustration; she is a virgin, repressed and miserable, dominated by her brother.
In this tense household Amelie finds danger, pursued by Marvin, who introduces her to his profligate cronies and forces her to perform lewd sexual acts with them. He uses and abuses her, introducing her to pleasure and pain, beating her whenever he likes.
Can Amelie at last escape Mervin’s tyranny? Does she really want to? Or are her darkest desires satisfied when she submits to his mastery?