The arrival of a new Di Morrissey novel has become a highly anticipated end-of-year tradition for Australians. For several years running her books - including The Silent Country, The Opal Desert and The Golden Land - have instantly leapt onto bestseller charts following release. Escaping an unhappy marriage and an unsatisfactory job, Cassie Holloway moves to the little NSW coastal town of Whitby Point. Here she meets the Aquino family, whose fishing business was founded by their ancestor, Giuseppe, an immigrant Italian, some ninety years before. Life for Cassie on the south west coast is sweet as she sets up a successful restaurant and falls in love with Giuseppe's great grandson Michael. But when the family patriarch dies, a devestating family secret is revealed which threatens to destroy her dreams. Cassie's future happiness now rests with her quest for the truth.