A secluded volcanic island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Its 264 inhabitants living from sheep farming and fishing, in a community where everyone is connected in one way or another.

And a volcano waking up, on the quiet.

Life on the small Tristan da Cunha seems peaceful and mellow but some inhabitants long for adventures elsewhere. Like Lars who has left behind his wife and son, travelled to London and fallen in love with a local carefree florist.

On the black sand of Tristan, the little Jon is squinting toward the horizon, hoping to see his father’s ship returning.

When Lars hears the news of the volcanic eruption on Tristan, he knows he has to head back. But the idyll on the island has cracked, and the hidden web of cruel , hatred, loss and secrets is starting to unravel.

This is a story of an island which is both a prison and a paradise. It’s a story of the islanders, their lives and passions, their leaving and returning. It’s a story where distances are either too small or too large, but where people are still inevitably drawn to their roots.

With strongly atmospheric language and dazzling metaphors; with sensitive, vivid and immersive narration, Marianna Kurtto masterfully conveys the story using several points-of-view and flashbacks between the 1950s and 60s.



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