This book is a love story set in the Spanish Civil War. In January 1937, Elizabeth, a young English girl, decides to remain in Spain when the rest of her family return to the peace of England. Alone in the devastated city of Malaga she makes friends with two young men, Juan an idealistic Spaniard and Alex, a pragmatic Englishman. Together they make their escape from the war-torn city, along the coast to Almeria. Amongst the death and carnage she falls in love with Juan, only to lose him shortly afterwards when he is wounded and rushed to hospital. Alex persuades Elizabeth to return to England with him.
Seventy years later Kate, Elizabeth’s granddaughter is left a legacy following the death of her grandfather, Sir Alexander, but also comes to the realisation that she may not be who she thinks she is. Kate can only find out by returning to Spain.