'Outstanding... It must be read by everyone interested in Irish writing and the peculiar tragedy of the Irish situation'
'Ten minutes out from Kennedy Airport he discovers that the man sitting beside him has no legs...'
Mervyn Kavanagh is on his way to his childhood home. After a spell of living and teaching in America, the wedding of a favourite niece takes him back across the Atlantic to Carmincross, the small Ulster town where he was born. As he journeys towards this family celebration he encounters people and events from his own and his country's past, while constant news of terrorist and counter-terrorist actions invades his consciousness more and more insistently. Somewhere, it seems, the past and the present are bound to collide...