William Trevor’s haunting story of loss and hope captures the atmosphere of a country in turmoil and the heart-rending emotions of a family torn apart.
In the summer of 1921, eight-year-old Lucy Gault clings to the glens and woods above Lahardane - the home her family is being forced to abandon. She knows the Gaults are no longer welcome in Ireland and that danger threatens. Lucy is headstrong and decides she must somehow force her parents into staying - but the path she chooses ends in disaster. One chance event, unwanted and unexpected, will blight the lives of the Gaults for years to come and bind each of them to this moment in time, to this wild stretch of coast.