Balnaird House, one of the most splendid estates in the Scottish Highlands, is the home of the ancient and venerable Aird family and - it will turn out - of many family secrets held tightly by Violet, aging matriarch of the Aird clan. Edmund Aird passed the family home into the hands of the family business when overtaken by debt. This becomes a problem when his insatiable son-in-law Noel becomes chairman and suddenly the entire family fortune and its heritage are at stake. With corporate wheels spinning, heads and hearts are too as Edmund's daughter Laura is torn by heartache and her own lineage is questioned; Edmund's friendship with the wealthy Balmerino family is at risk from shocking revelations; and who is the beautiful and mysterious Olivia, inheritor of a vital balance of the family company's shares? Secrets and heartbreak, passion and betrayal, innocence and greed - all human emotion is about to be played out on the Aird estate as this tale unfolds in light and darkness, in Shades of Love.