This is the new novel from the well-loved Scottish storyteller. When Shona MacInnes, a crofter's daughter from a remote Scottish island, qualifies in the 1950s to train as a vet, she meets prejudice not only from her father and brother, but also from handsome Ross MacMaster, an islander who is to become a vet himself. With only her invalid mother's support, Shona is determined to succeed, doing so well that Ross offers her a job in his Edinburgh practice, where their fiery professional relationship turns to amazing love. A wonderful future seems to beckon until, on a trip home, things go wrong. Differences between them are revealed; there is heartbreak and parting, with Ross returning to his lucrative practice, and Shona working for the local vet. Can they ever be reconciled? Or will Shona find new happiness with another islander, gentle Ivar Findlay, who shares her wish to help the people of their beloved island?