Back cover: Julius died twenty years ago, but his last heroic action still affects the lives of the people his left behind. Emma, his twenty-seven-year-old daughter, was afraid of men. Cressida, her sister and a war widow, searched for love in affairs with married men. Esme, Julius's widow, was still attractive -- but aimlessly lost in domestic routine. Felix, Esme's old lover, was plagued with guilt. And finally there was Dan, the outsider. Over the course of a disastrous -- and revelatory -- weekend in Sussex, the influence of the dead Julius slowly emerges.