This is the latest vel in C.W. Reed's acclaimed saga of the Wright family, and the sequel to A Lesser Peace. Following the death of his mother, May, news of his wife Jenny's second pregnancy reaffirms John Wright's faith. But Jenny, alienated from that faith, remains in England for the birth, while John returns to his work in East Africa. And John's brother, Teddy, trapped in his own marriage to the depressive Marian, turns to Jenny for solace, their brief relationship bringing both guilt and much-needed tenderness. Meanwhile, National Serviceman Michael Porter renews his childhood friendship with Edwina, Teddy and Marian's daughter. Michael is posted to Kenya, and is drawn into the horrors and atrocities of the Mau Mau Uprising. As tensions rise, Jenny and Teddy must re-examine their marriages, and Michael and Edwina pledge a new beginning.
After graduating from Durham University, Colin Reed spent some time in the Royal Navy before embarking on a career in teaching. After a variety of teaching positions in the Middle East and East Africa, he returned to the UK, where he taught English at a comprehensive school. Married with children and grandchildren, he now lives in Whitby. This is the fifth novel in Colin's acclaimed saga.