Passions run high in Alison MacLeod's strikingly original novel of love and prejudice in wartime Brighton.
1940, Brighton. Geoffrey and Evelyn Beaumont and their eight-year-old son, Philip, anxiously await news of the expected enemy landing on the town beaches. The crisis passes – others lie ahead. Evelyn’s thoughts have become tinged with a mounting, indefinable desperation. Then she meets Otto Gottlieb, a German-Jewish prisoner in the internment camp that her husband commands. As Europe crumbles, Evelyn's and Otto's mutual distrust slowly begins to change into something else.