As their benefactor is brought down by the sex-phobic elders of a spiteful town, a mother and her daughters seek comfort and love.
The widow Seldy arrives in Eula, Pa., with her two young daughters as World War II comes to a close. At the same time, the wealthy and enigmatic Austin Bayard comes to town and builds his estate, changing the tone and tempo of Eula forever. As the girls grow, they are pulled into Bayard's orbit, and there, they shape their own use of him.
Now Eula's old-guard powerbrokers conspire in Bayard's arrest and trial for carnal knowledge of the minor children. Bayard flees to Italy, abandoning his estate and those he leaves behind. Years later, a child's bones are discovered on property next to Bayard's. The skeleton has been there for forty years and belongs to one of the children named in Bayard's trial. The mystery revives the town's pain and draws the principal actors back to the past with fatal consequences.
The Daughters of Caliban is a small-town Gothic story. It says that miracles come from the heart, and love is neverending, that bitter lessons learned from betrayal and revenge are redeemed by trust and love.