When Katharine is found dead at the foot of her stairs, it is the mystery of her life that consumes her daughter, Laura.
The medical examiner's report in which precious parts of Katharine's body are weighed and categorised, motivates Laura to write her own version of events.
Jane is sixteen when she falls in love with her teacher. Leonard Campbell is everything she has ever wanted: handsome, intelligent and attentive. It is only once married and tied down with two children in 1980s suburbia that Jane realises she might have settled too early, losing much of herself in the process.