Ducking and diving is a way of life down Lancaster Road; all the Ryans are at it, but Michael the eldest, has ambitions beyond petty crime. His little sister, Maura, turns a blind eye to his misdeeds until they cost her the only man she's ever cared about and she decides to join the family "firm". No one thinks a seventeen-year-old blonde can take on the hard men of London's gangland, but it's a mistake to underestimate Maura Ryan. Tough, clever and beautiful and determined not to be hurt again. But when it comes to the crunch, Maura discovers her heart is not made entirely of stone. TB 12949.