Valletta in the post-war years – grim, vibrant, dangerous. Enthralling.
Paul, Aldo and Rafel. Three friends growing up in the heart of Malta’s pulsating capital. Three intertwined, but sharply contrasting fates.
A compelling tale of love and friendship, greed and betrayal, and, above all, regret. Regret for how the choices we make can wreak such havoc on those we love and on ourselves.
This is also the story of a post-war nation striving for a fresh beginning as it sloughs off its former identity as a British colony. Former innocence is exchanged for new opportunities and prosperity. But at what cost?
Mostly, however, this is Paul’s journey through the decades. Years of grappling with a searing loss and its accompanying burden of shame, colouring his relations with those closest to him.
From the seedy bars of Valletta’s Strait Street, Malta’s notorious red-light district, to the sleaze of the London East End cafes and Soho clubs, Paul chases the fateful thread running through his life’s tapestry – a devastating childhood loss that has haunted his past, shaped his character and cast a shadow on all his relationships.