Nick has imagined himself in Yogyakarta since before he could remember - his father's childhood home has been just as much a part of his life as his own Australian unbringing. But the real Indonesia stirs many emotions and poses unanswered questions about what really happened all those years ago. Why has it taken so long for Nick's father to return?
In the quiet of the guesthouse Nick reads stories from the past in his grandmother's papers and watches the Flynn family, especially eighteen-year-old Sarah Flynn, who glides through life with a certainty Nick can't understand. He sees Sarah meet the smooth, wealthy Yanto and Nick senses danger, and somehow, pieces of the past fit the puzzling events of the present. The full picture is more disturbing than Nick expected. But what is real and what is imagined? Nick has to understand some stories are true . . .