Paul, a prize-winning war journalist, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown due to the death of his father, battle-scarred and world-weary. For the discontented sixteen-year-old Celia he opens up a world she has only dreamed of. She actively pursues a friendship with him, fascinated by his cynicism and experience of the world beyond her small-town existence. But many, including the members of both their families, frown upon the friendship and when Celia goes missing, Paul becomes the increasingly loathed and persecuted prime suspect in her disappearance. As the violent and urgent truth gradually emerges, Paul is forced to confront the family tragedy and betrayal that he ran from as a youth, and to face the grievous consequences of silence and secrecy that has surrounded his entire adult life.
[en] Paul, who won a war correspondent, returned to his hometown of New Zealand, far from his father's death, battle, scars and boredom. For Celia, sixteen-year-old disgruntled, he opened the horizon she dreamed of. She enthusiastically pursued friendship with him, fascinated by cynical views and worldly experiences, apart from the existence of her small town, but many, including family members, both offended with friendship and when Celia lost, Paul became She is miserable and persecutes the most suspects in her disappearance. When the harsh reality and progress gradually emerged, Paul was forced to face the tragedy and betrayal of the family he ran out of youth and faced the tragic consequences of silence and secrecy that endured life. All his adult life