A man in his fifties, who is very timid.
A young woman in her late teens, who can be quite courageous.
The story begins in a remote cottage.
Someone receives an unexplained inheritance.
It's a story about rivalry.
Your character has to do some quick thinking to keep ahead
Our story starts with a young girl and her father in their remote cottage in the middle of New Zealand. Vanessa is sixteen years old and helps her father, Finn Pumpernickel, on the farm in the middle of the island. Her mother died when she was six of cholera and her grandmother lives in Great Britain. Recently they were bequeathed a large sum of inheritance after her grandmother died. Now the two of them have to decide what to do with the money.
“ Dad, we don’t ‘ave to move out of New Zealand we can stay here and buy a new ‘ouse”
“ No, it’s best to move into your Grandmother’s old mansion to take care of the land till we find out what to do.”
“ No it’s final.” “ You don’t know the half of it.”
“ I've never seen grandmothers mansion before, it’s beautiful.”
“ She never approved of us moving to New Zealand, but your mother convinced her that it would be better for the family"
“ I was a pauper, but your mother, she was a part of the upper class. It was forbidden love." he said ” Your grandmother loved your mother very much, so she gave me her blessing to get married.”
“ Well she tolerated your mother and I being together, but otherwise I don’t think she particularly liked me.”
“ Did grandmother get along with you?”
“I have outlived most people of this era and that’s why we moved here so that you can marry an keep the property and yourself safe.”
“ Vanessa I have something to tell you, you are now the head of this household as I will not be around for much longer.”