Adeline, an impulsive bride with an Irish temper, and her husband, Captain Whiteoak, select Lake Ontario as the site of their new home. With the trials and tribulations of the building of the house, the swimming and skating parties, and the jealousies and humourous events that arise, Jalna not only becomes a symbol of their love, but a heritage for generations to come.
MORNING AT JALNA
In 1863, the American Civil War is raging. Still in its early years, the Jalna estate seems far away from the despair and destruction, and life is as peaceful as usual... until the Sinclairs come to visit. As the burden these distant cousins bring grows, the Whiteoaks begin to suspect that the Sinclairs have a deep and dangerous secret.
Renny returns from the first World War as the new Master of Jalna and soon finds the estate and family need taking in hand.
Young Renny takes us even further back in the Whiteoak family saga to 1906. Renny, the young master of Jalna, is just eighteen. His twenty-year-old sister Meg is engaged to marry the young man next door, Maurice Vaughan. Uncle Nick and Uncle Ernest, now in their fifties, have squandered their inheritances abroad on high living and reside again at Jalna. But the plot thickens further, when two outsiders join the mix: A gypsy woman, who seduces Renny, and a distant cousin from Ireland, who befriends Gran, moves into Jalna, and spies on the family.