Reaching out across the decades this novel measures the urgencies of the past and present, private and collective. With profound dismay about the directions we have followed in the post war world. Cowan challenges some of our most cherished assumptions about our identity, our culture and the land. In this novel which is close, poignant and quietly impassioned, Peter Cowan brings us suddenly from the burgeoning cultural life of the 1940's to a radical questioning of the present - and the future. - Inside front cover.