1932. Ernie and Lily Hass, and their daughter, Girlie, have lost almost everything in the Depression. All they have keeping their small family together is their shame. Abandoning their failing wheat farm and small-town gossip, they make a new start on the west coast of Australia where they begin to build a summer guesthouse, but forming new relationships with the locals is not easy. Into the Hasses’ new life wanders Lily’s shell-shocked brother, Tommy, after three harrowing years on the road following his incarceration. Tommy is seeking answers that will cut to the heart of who any of them are. Haunting, memorable and intense but the characters are as finely drawn as any in literature.