She Was Homeless . . . Alone and Penniless It was the end of an era. Queen Victoria's reign was over and the Edwardian VII age had begun. Attitudes were changing. But the attitude toward women with blemished pasts remained rigidly the same. Thus the world was a miserable place for Rose, an innocent girl unjustly burdened with a "reputation." Then she met Matthew and new hopes and dreams filled her heart But they were dreams quickly marred by unspeakable evil -- an evil embodied by the beautiful, scheming Veronica.