When she was nine, Melody Browne's house burned down, taking every toy, every photograph, every piece of clothing and an old Christmas card with her.
But not only did the fire destroy all her possessions, but it took away all her memories - Melody Browne can't remember anything before her ninth birthday.
Now in her early thirties, Melody lives in a town hall flat in central London with her seventeen-year-old son.
She hasn't seen her parents since she left home at age 15, but Melody doesn't mind, she's better off alone.
She's made a good life for herself and her son and that's the way she likes it.
Until one night something extraordinary happens.
As she attends a hypnotic show with her first date in years, she faints - and when she comes to her senses she begins to remember.
At first her memories mean nothing to her, but then, little by little, day by day, she begins to reconstruct the true story of her childhood.
Her journey takes her to the seaside town of Broadstairs, to strangely familiar houses in the alleys of London and to encounters with strangers who love her as if they were theirs.
But with each mystery he solves, another mystery materializes, and with each question he answers, another appears.
And Melody begins to wonder if she will ever know the truth about her past....