Monaco, May 1968. As the beau monde mingles with the drivers and their racing cars before the eyes of the world's press, a fireball rips across the starting grid. From that day forward, Jack Preston, a mechanic for Team Lotus, will bear the scars from which he shielded Deedee, a budding actress and the embodiment of the new social mores. But details of the accident remain vague. Returning home to his wife in a remote English village from which the drab atmosphere of the 1950s has yet to recede, Jack awaits a sign of Deedee's gratitude, an acknowledgement that it was he who saved her life. As her television career soars and the villagers reject Jack's account of his own heroism, his fantasies of revenge begin to consume him.An unsettlingly beautiful tale of obsession and redemption by an author acknowledged to be a master of ominous detail and classical restraint.