Sasha, the attractive inspiring tutor of a watercolour evening class, is tired of a sterile relationship. Among her students is Caroline, a soldier’s wife desperately anxious about her husband. Alice, the oldest of the group, has unexpectedly found a new life and forms a deep friendship with Moira, recently widowed, who is racked with worry about her daughter Vanessa. Roger is looking for new love, and Pauline is afraid of being left on the shelf. The talented Martin, who mysteriously comes and goes, is an unsettling and almost ominous presence. Love and friendship is the theme of this engrossing novel about a group of people whose lives over the course of a single year become interwoven in often surprising and unexpected ways.