A sister and brother, adopted at the beginning of the second world war by by Nesta Villiers, have now reached adulthood. After the suicide of her racing driver husband, Annie is now widowed and heavily in debt. While Kenneth is managing his aunt's business. Now entering their lives is the enigmatic Iris Lindholm. Will things will never be the same again?
New Years Eve 1958
Annie Holland put down the bottle of Chanel No.5 and looked at her watch. It was nearly nine o'clock. Three hours to go until it became 1959 and three days until she reached twenty-five. She turned back to the mirror on her dressing table and leaned closer. Had any lines appeared? Could she still be considered a youthful beauty? It was hard to tell. She'd applied so much of her signature smoky make-up around her eyes, it was impossible to see if...