The quest leads from World War One to the present day and from an English village to New Zealand farmland, to discover how past events are intertwined with the present. To unravel the mystery Pamela is forced to confront truths that shatter her beliefs about her family and their place in the world.
‘The Alexandrite’ is a novel set in both England and New Zealand. The story is contemporary but as it involves family secrets, there are flashbacks to historical scenes which link the story throughout the 20th century. As the story unravels, a history of class conflicts and social change determines how the characters face the future.