In this exhilarating new novel, Colleen McCullough takes us back to 1960 and Sydney's Kings Cross - and the story of a young woman determined to defy convention. Twenty-one-year-old Harriet, a newly qualified X-ray technician earning a coveted male wage, ignores her father's warning that 'only fools, Bohemians and tarts live at Kings Cross' and moves into Mrs Delvecchio Schwartz's rooming house. There she discovers that Mrs Delvecchio Schwartz has more sources of income than rents. She casts horoscopes, reads tarot cards, and gazes into her crystal ball - far more profitable! But it is mute four-year-old Flo - her mother's medium and beloved angel puss - who captures Harriet's heart. .