There would also be my love for the. . . man I. . . married, and. . . that love is. . . I believe. . . a part of. . . God, who. . . created everything which is beautiful, everything which grows and is. . . part of. . . Creation."" The speaker is pure, violet-eyed young Demelza Langston, whom poverty and lack of a mother have confined to her ancestral manor--far from the London social whirl but close by Ascot Raceway. When Demelza's debt-ridden brother Gerard rents the manor to the womanizing Duke of Trevarnon for the 1822 races, Demelza promises she will stay hidden in the priest's hole--from which she peeks and thus falls in love with the glorious Earl. And when she hears threats to his health, not to mention his horse, she must warn him, dressed up as. . . the family ghost. Boo.