A fiercely intelligent and moving second novel from the author of the acclaimed The Wilderness. Leonard Deppling returns to the capital from Scotland, where he has spent the past year nursing his dying father. Missing from the funeral was his younger brother William, a former lecturer and activist who lives with his wife and two young sons. Leonard is alone and rootless, he moves in with William hoping to unite their family and renew their friendship. But it seems William has already set his own fate in motion, news comes of a young student who has followed one of his arguments to a shocking conclusion. William embraces the danger - a decision that threatens to consume his entire family.