Ellie opens the door to a man who is a stranger but instantly recognisable as the father of her housekeeper's young son.
Mikey had been conceived at a party during which his mother, Vera, a schoolgirl, had been drugged and raped. Abdi hadn't wanted anything to do with her, but now he is a consultant whose wife cannot have children, and he aims to pay off Vera and adopt Mikey.
Ellie discovers that Vera still thinks fondly of her then boyfriend, even though he had also rejected her. But was that because he had fallen out of love or because his father had been murdered that same weekend? Uncovering betrayals only makes it more difficult for Vera and Mikey to decide on their future....
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