Jennifer, a child of 12, studies violin. Her older sister, Sarah, studies cello.
Jennifer could be moved to tears playing her violin, but her responsivity fades away until she seems a stranger to such emotion... and seems like a stranger to Sarah.
Years later, pursuing a Masters degree in music, Sarah enrols at Durham University where she encounters a burgeoning virtuoso violinist: Oscar – a Byronic young man in possession of a surfeit of unsmiling wit. Sometimes winsome, sometimes darkly melancholic, Oscar's fate becomes entangled with Jennifer's... and he suffers for it.
Jennifer has lived with a secret. A guilty secret. A maddening secret. A secret that has numbed and isolated her. A secret that finally renders her seemingly unreachable and beyond recall... until the Byronic young violinist draws on his virtuosity.