On windswept Holy Island off the coast of Northumberland, three generations of women struggle for their emotional survival.
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Joanna, rebellious young Londoner, has been dragged there against her will by her mother Catherine. She defiantly rejects the island, while Catherine broods over her wasted life, her failed marriage and the lost, wild years when she was obsessed with Scott Walker,
star of the sixties.
Joanna’s grandmother resents this intrusion into her settled life. Her precocious young granddaughter seems almost alien. Yet soon she recognises that Joanna shares something of her own tough spirit.
Then Joanna meets the mysterious American, Jack Dalton, long an inhabitant of the island. Her battle to make sense of his past will change everything in the present – for everyone.
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