The Winter Olympics are a prestigious display of glamour, courage and public splendour.
They are also, though discreetly, a huge merchandising operation involving talent, technique – and flesh and blood.
Megan Carroll is the ultimate agent to the sparkling stars, a whizz-kid who knows just what she wants. Nikki Petrov is exquisite and ice-cool, a Russian whose figure-skating audacity captivates audiences everywhere. Jacqui Douglas is a headstrong American downhill skier, whose recklessness is such that her racing seems like suicide postponed.
Megan can take them both to fame and fortune – at a price. But there is a dangerous distraction – an enigmatic Scots scriptwriter of magnetic personality. Megan cannot afford to get involved. But will she care, when the chips are down?
Madge Swindells was born and educated in England. As a teenager, she emigrated to South Africa where she studied archaeology at Cape Town University. Later, in England, she was a Fleet Street journalist and the manager of her own publishing company. Her earlier novels, Summer Harvest, Song of the Wind, Shadows on the Snow, Edelweiss, The Sentineland Harvesting the Past were international bestsellers and have been translated into eight languages.