In this highly personal memoir, Christopher Meyer tells the story of the father he never knew and the impact this had on him as an only child growing up in post-war Britain. His father, Flight Lieutenant Reggie Meyer, an RAF pilot, was shot down and killed over the Greek island of Ikaria a few days before his son was born in 1944. Through his mother’s diary and family papers Christopher Meyer pieces together a wartime story of love, tragedy and sacrifice. Almost like a detective story, Only Child describes how Reggie’s family discover the circumstances of his death and how, years later, they recover the ring taken from his body. In 2011, thanks to a chance encounter on the internet, the author goes to Ikaria to meet surviving witnesses of the crashing aircraft. In a stunning climax, Only Child takes us to to the remote and beautiful island with its harrowing details of his father’s death and a moving ceremony of remembrance at the little mountain-top church where the islanders had buried him under the noses of German occupying forces.