´Martin Toppy is the son of a famous Traveller and the father of my unborn child. He´s seventeen, I´m thirty-three. I was his teacher. I´d have killed myself by now if I was brave enough. I don´t think it would hurt the baby. His little heart would stop with mine. He wouldn´t feel himself leaving one world of darkness for another, his spirit untangling itself from me.´ Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. Her husband doesn´t take her news too well. She doesn´t want to tell her father yet because he´s a good man and this could break him. She´s trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming - larger by the day - while the past won´t let her go. What she did to Breedie Flynn all those years ago still haunts her. It´s a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody´s life. Donal Ryan´s new novel is breathtaking, vivid, moving and redemptive.