‘At the age of four Clover chooses her own name. Aged six she falls in love with her best friend, James, with whom she happily spends all her time’ and so the story begins. Not so much a love story, as a story about love.
The novel is set initially in Grand Cayman, a Caribbean island which remains a British territory; as such it was seen as an ideal place to become an offshore financial centre. We are given a window in to the life of the expatriates on the island, bankers, accountants, trust managers and a few tax exiles. We also get a glimpse of the island population who support the wealthy the ethos being very much old colonialism. Set against this back drop we have Clover and the love of her life James, two privileged children in a seemingly heavenly setting.