1939: Europe is on the brink of war when young Lily Shepherd boards an ocean liner in Essex, bound for Australia. She is ready to start anew, leaving behind the shadows of her past. Lily soon realizes she's not the only one hiding secrets. Her newfound friends--wealthy couple Eliza and Max; Cambridge graduate Edward; Jewish refugee Maria; fascist George--are also running from their pasts. By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and Lily's life will be changed irrevocably. A seductive debut.