For Kate Hutchinson, the move to Suffolk from the tiny, noisy London terrace she shares with her husband Simon and their two young children is almost enough to make her dreams come true.
Space, peace, a rural way of life has a far greater pull for Kate than the constantly overflowing in-tray on her desk at work. Moving in with her mother-in-law must surely be only a temporary measure before the estate agent's details of the perfect house fall through the letterbox.
But when Kate stumbles upon the house of her dreams, a beautiful place full of memories, it is tantalizingly out of reach. Its owner is the frail, elderly Agnes, whose story echoes so much of Kate's own. And Kate comes to realize how uncertain and unsettling a life built on dreams can be.