1994: Young Will Tye has suffered an appalling accident. The terrible event ripples through three generations of the complex and eccentric Tye family and leads to the revelation of dark long-held secrets. Each family member holds some clue to the chain of events that may have led to the accident, and each holds themselves to blame. Most deeply affected is Will's cousin Cecelia, whose affinity with Will leaves her most vulnerable to his suffering, and whose own life is forever changed by how she will respond to it. Told through the eyes of three women close to Will - his sister, his grandmother and his aunt - and spanning from the outbreak of the Second World War to the present day, this is a story of selfishness, wrong choices, life, death, and ultimately love.