Full of absorbing atmosphere and intriguing characters, this book traces the history of a Maltese family. The story moves between Valletta in the 19th century and Sliema today, exploring rapid social change and the fragile threads that endure between different generations through the passage of time. Marco is a young man from Naples who takes refuge in Malta during the turbulent days of the Italian Risorgimento. He settles in Valletta, where he struggles to build a new life. There he meets other exiles as well as Maltese and English residents and travellers. A century later, Paul looks through a box of old photos at his mother’s house in Sliema, but finds that he knows very little about the family. How can he find out anything about their lives? In the meantime, his girlfriend Veronica is desperate to get married and start a new family.