In the long hot summer of 1976, a group of young people are camping in Wyvis Hall. Adam, Rufus, Shiva, Vivien and Zosie hardly ask why they are there, what they are doing or how they are to live; they scavenge, steal and sell the family heirlooms. In short, they exist. Ten years later, the bodies of a woman and child are discovered in the Hall's animal cemetery. Which woman? Whose child?
'The story is brilliant, the ending a perfect bit of irony ... Barbara Vine has the kind of near-Victorian narrative drive ... that compels a reader to go on turning the pages'
Julian Symons, Sunday Times