A story of love, friendship, betrayal and incest. Equally reminiscent of The Age of Innocence, or The Talented Mr Ripley this is a classic novel about the loss of innocence and the fragility of human relationships. A chance encounter brings to the surface the truth about at tragic accident years before. A group of young female students (and unconventional chaperone Miss Grist) set off on a tour of Europe with all hopes of finding some kind of enlightenment, all that is except for mysterious and sophisticated Olivia who, the girls assume, will attempt to make contact with her elicit Parisian lover. Before long the group has grown and a break-off party travels to Egypt where the tangled relationships untangle and one of the party meets with a terrible accident. Suffused with the heat, passion and excitement of Europe in the 1950s, this is a compelling novel told with engaging intimacy.