This novel centres on Charles Bradshaw, an ageing tycoon haunted by his past. When he suffers a heart attack, he abruptly retires and announces that he will give his fortune to charity. This leads to conflict with his wife and adult children. A terrible secret from his past comes back, along with an old girlfriend. Unnerved by their renewed affection for each other, Charles and Anna struggle to overcome their remorse and to make amends, but tension inevitably flares. Meanwhile, Charles's son is taking over the company, he is intoxicated with his newfound power, and Charles might have to intervene to save him from self-destruction. This is the first novel from widely travelled melbourne musicologist and barrister John Tesarsch.