When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew
Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home, Dinmont House. Rather
than sell it, the adult siblings move in together, splitting the numerous
bedrooms and studies. The arrangement is unusual, but ideal for the
affectionate pair, until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend. A
devilishly handsome novelist, James Derain resembles Cary Grant, but his
strident comments about Grace’s doctoral thesis soon puncture the house’s
idyllic atmosphere. When he and Andrew witness their friend’s murder outside a
London nightclub, James begins to unravel, and what happens next will change
the lives of everyone in the house.
Just as turmoil sets in at Dinmont House, Grace
escapes into reading a manuscript, a long-lost novel from 1951 called The
Child’s Child, never published because of its frank depictions of an unwed
mother and a homosexual relationship. The book is the story of two siblings
born a few years after World War One. This brother and sister, John and Maud,
mirror the present-day Andrew and Grace: a homosexual brother and a sister
carrying an illegitimate child. Acts of violence and sex will reverberate
through their stories.
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