As a child Nora waged war on her mother, Maisie. It relieved the hurt she felt when she overheard Maisie say she preferred her older daughter, Cathryn.
Now, Nora lives in Edinburgh, far from her gaudily decorated suburban London home and the volatile Maisie.
She is introduced to a circle of friends who all work in the same publisher's offices.
In Brendan, the gentle deputy editor, she finds a friend who shares her deprecating humour, and fascination with trivia, as they chat and walk about town. And in Nathan, she finds a lover she adores. Though always braced for betrayal, this time it takes her by storm.
It is only when she learns to forgive, and be forgiven, that she begins to come to terms with her past.