Publisher: Oxford University Press
When Callum and his friends find Iona Mcnair on the farm they chase her off - the McNairs are virtual outcasts in the village. Afterwards, worried, Callum follows her and Iona reluctantly reveals her secret: an osprey nest. Terrified of egg-stealers, she’s fiercely protecting it. Drawn to this deeply independent girl, Callum promises help.
Having been ringed by the local nature warden, Callum and Iona follow the osprey’s migration route to the Gambia, then the signal abruptly disappears. And - unexpectedly, devastatingly - tragedy strikes, drawing the entire village into Iona’s secret...
Powerful, evocative writing about landscape and the natural world, and delicately drawn characters existing within the complex nexus of human relationships in a small village are sensitively combined in this absorbing, very moving novel.