The year is 1960. The place is a Scottish seaside town
utterly devoid of culture and charm. Here, Lila lives as
the third player in her parentsâ€™ dramatically embittered
marriage. Until her flamboyant, irrepressible uncle George
shows up from London and her family decides to squander a
windfall on the most preposterous of causes: a civic
production of the Puccini opera Turandot.
Lila knows nothing of opera and little of her uncle or the
dashing young man he hires to sing the role of Calaf. But
Lila does know passion. Because itâ€™s coursing through her
veinsâ€“and rushing blindly, wildly all around her. Now a
girl on the verge of womanhood is about to blunder into a
grown-up world where secrets are kept and exposed, hopes
soar and wither, and where crimes petty and great exact
the most chilling punishments of all.