Nicola is in mourning, Esther returns to Denham to comfort her old school friend, and elsewhere Dan is struggling to retain his grip on job and relationship.
This is the story of three people struggling with mortality, change and loss of dreams, whilst still believing that their dreams are only a stone's throw from being reclaimed.
The town they grew up in and a cast of acquaintances draws them through their tribulations.
Waves broke over the sea wall, drenching the mist wreathed white bungalow at the end of Cherry Lane. Inside, Esther bent her head in sorrow, tears falling like rain from the end of her nose to drench the pillow.