After returning from the Western Front James is slowly trying to re-build his shattered life.
The trauma of his experience is still very raw and his mental afflictions far worse than any physical injuries.
He meets Celia Hammond under tragic circumstances, and begins to think that life might take on some form of normality.
But how did Celia's brother die? What really happened the night he first heard the strains of Chopin, Nocturne Number Eight, Opus Twenty Seven?