What is the difference between friendship and love?
Gustav grows up in a small Swiss town, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav's father has died mysteriously, and his adored mother is strangely cold and indifferent to him.
Gustav's life is a lonely one until he meets Anton. An intense, lifelong friendship develops, but Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav's are entwined until it is almost too late...
A beautifully tender and moving novel. Rose Tremain at her best.