Highly paid and highly talented Jane Haddon has become managing director of Associated British Textiles, with seventy thousand employees and four thousand million pounds in capital employed, responsible at the age of thirty for what is left of the United Kingdom’s clothing industry in 1987. Divorced from Johnny, Lord Bellarmine, she lives a lonely, driven life despite being beautiful, brilliant, and the highest paid female executive in Great Britain. Unfortunately she still loves Johnny, who has married Candida Turpe, the niece of Roderick (Roddie) Wynyates Turpe, the most successful and unscrupulous Members’ Agent of Lloyd’s of London.
Serving as the context for the adventures of Jane is a collection of business, social, and political upheavals, most of which center or impinge on Lloyd’s of London, the three-hundred-year-old king of the insurance business, which saw its enormous profits turn into stunning losses. Some thirty thousand “Names”—underwriters/investors drawn mostly from the British gentry who, although low on cash, had significant reserves of land and other property—had underwritten the risks insured at Lloyd’s. Johnny Bellarmine is one of those names whose disaster Jane Haddon seeks to avert through her own fiscal wizardry while resuscitating the British textile industry. These plans run afoul, however, with the notorious labor problems of Britain during the 1980’s as well as her own hidden past of abuse and drugs....
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