Spirited and beautiful Annie Flanagan’s reckless ambition takes her from the Hackney watercress beds to dancing at the Folies-Bergère in Paris. She returns to work in an establishment catering to the needs of wealthy and influential gentlemen.
When she disappears, leaving her illegitimate son behind, her friend Hettie Bundy sets out to find her. Hettie’s search leads her from the East End of London, where opium dens and street gangs rule, to uncover the corruption and depravity in Victorian society. Secrets are revealed that put both girls’ lives in danger. Can Hettie find Annie in time? What does the future hold for the watercress girls?
A Victorian Mystery with the eloquence and style of Dilly Court and the gritty realism of Catherine Cookson with echoes of Anne Perry.