Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamer in Ceylon full of optimism, eager to join her new husband. But the man who greets her at the tea plantation is not the same one she fell in love with in London. Distant and brooding, Laurence spends long days wrapped up in his work, leaving his young bride to explore the plantation alone. Forced to bury a secret at the heart of her marriage, Gwen is more isolated than ever.
This novel is a lesson to those who neglect the other half in their marriages, especially when they are alone in a foreign country. It is well written and the characters are interesting.