A novel from the Booker-Prize winning author Stanley Middleton. Rejacked and reissued in Windmill. Mary and David Blackwell are content with their marriage but when Mary, a talented opera singer, is offered the chance to sing in America in an opera that might lead to a major career, new vistas open and everything they take for granted is called into question. Mary's life and energies change direction, and with challenge and power comes temptation. Whilst for David, left behind in England, life too begins to set in different patterns.