Set in England and Italy, a vividly observed novel of small-town life, exploring love, prejudice and identity in the wake of World War II. It's 1949, and the arrival of an Italian family sets tongues wagging in Leyton, an East Anglian farming community still recovering from the war. For seventeen-year-old Connie, however, the newcomers provide a tantalising glimpse of the wider world - a world beyond the gossip and petty concerns traded over the counter of Cleat's Corner Store. As the Onorati brothers begin to cast an unexpected influence over Leyton, Connie realises that, like them, she must grapple with her ambitions and dreams for the future. But what can any of them hope to find in the ruins of all they've lost?