When Emma’s husband is offered a sabbatical to research HIV in Botswana, she takes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move her family to Africa.
However, at the edge of the Kalahari, disaster strikes. Emma’s baby is snatched from its cot. As the family, the police and the local people frantically search for the infant, Emma begins to realise that mistakes from her past might have had a dramatic impact on her present…
The hot evening closes around the track, the rasp of cicadas is dense. My feet crunch on the deep grit. Walking seems as easy as breathing; my thoughts loosen and drift in warm air.
Adam will be sipping beer, happy; that new word. . .Zoë, maybe under the trees with a lizard in her hands. Alice will be near Teko, reading, dark hair sweeping the page, calmer than this morning. The scent of supper diffuses into the garden; Elisabeth puts flowers in the grass.