An early marriage seemed to solve all of Ruth Gordon’s problems at once. But nothing prepared her for the horror of her young husband’s death and its traumatic consequences. A fresh start in the bustling anonymity of London gives Ruth the break she needs. Driven by her own secret intelligence, ambition and the shrouded secret of her past, she rises from usherette to manageress and eventual owner of a fashionable chain of cinemas. But secrets are finite. And the Hour of the Angel must be one of reckoning if Ruth is to reach true contentment and equanimity with the one man strong enough to give it to her.