After serving three years for a violent robbery, Billy Fish is granted parole and walks out the prison gates. His pattern has been a simple one of drugs, crime and custody. Billy's sister Rose has taken a different path. Her life is filled with work and caring for her infant son, a structured existence that has become a buffer between Rose and the outside world. Both Billy and Rose are fighting against their past in very different ways. Then one rainy morning, Rose's son is killed in an accident. The lives of Billy and Rose begin to unravel, testing the strength of their sibling love and forcing them to face the reality of their terrifying past.
Shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book - SE Asia and South Pacific 2008.