It was worse than winning the lotterymuch worse. This bequest might mean more money, but the strings attached had Pandora McVie tied up in knots. Respecting Uncle Jolley's last wishes meant spending time isolated in the Catskills with Michael Donahue, her least favouritethough best lookingdistant relative and co-beneficiary. Living with a carrot-topped termagant wasn't Michael's idea of a good time, either, but he realised they were stuck. Jolley was a matchmaker to the endand apparently for some time beyond. What could happen in six months? Michael answered that one himself: almost anything.