Simon and Flora Beaufort are married with three children: they live a solid comfortable life. Yet both feel the dark abyss, the transitory nature of what underpins their lives and holds them together.
When Flora takes the children to France for a month, Simon is drawn inexorably to another woman. Flora arrives home to find him there but not there, and in his unnameable absence heeds the cry of her reawakened faith.
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