Joe survives the war, including a terrifying sortie into the deadly skies above Dresden. When the fighting is over, he returns to Dunedin, to Molly, his love, and to a settled future as a teacher with a family.
But Joe cannot rest, haunted by a family secret that not even Molly knows about. Sooner or later he must solve an elusive mystery about his past. Finally, down a remote back road on the Southland coast, Joe finds an answer that at last completes the puzzle.