A hugely poignant and emotional love story set in 1950s and 1960s England and Scotland In the early summer of 1954, young George West, qualified as an architect but completing his national service, meets 17 year old Josella Grace, daughter of a retired Colonel. He falls passionately in love with this reserved but beautiful girl ? a love that seems destined never to be fulfilled. Their story, and its dark secrets, alternates between George's tale of first love in 1954 and Josella's bittersweet perspective, a decade later in 1964, of the difficulties of her relationships. Their unique voices chart the anguish, tragedy and despair, as their lives are led apart, without hope of a happy reunion.