Candida Wilton arrives in London, alone, divorced and without much money. Yet she is strangely excited: what might happen to her now in her final years? Prepared to fill her empty life with little events and pleasures - trips to the gym, visits to her reading group - she finds her horizons broadened by an unexpected windfall.
Gathering together six travelling companions - women friends from childhood, from married life and after - Candida maps out the journey she has long dreamed of: to Tunis, Naples and Pompeii. Perhaps, she wonders, we can make anything happen if only we have the nerve . . .