Newlyweds George and Sabine Harwood arrive in postindependence Trinidad from England in 1956. Struggling with loneliness, exhaustion, and the challenges of racial segregation at the dawn of a new political era, Sabine finds some comfort in expressing her hopes and dreams in letters to Eric Williams, Trinidad's charismatic new leader. The letters are never sent, but when George finds them many years later, the discovery sets off a devastating series of consequences as other secrets from their marriage emerge.
Monique Roffey's beautifully written novel of ill-fated love explores the harsh legacy of colonialism through a family destined to remain. outsiders in the only place they can call home.