Another May 21st is almost safely over -- when the phone rings after thirty years and turns Helen's life inside out. She'd come to Canada from England and found refuge in marriage to Bruce Lawrence. Her first love had left her to bear their children alone, a daughter she couldn't keep. Helen had schooled herself to forger, except on one day of the year -- her forsaken daughters birthday. Now her secret, her Emma has called from London in search of her birth mother, and Helen is afraid. Afraid of losing Bruce. Afraid she must return to the sleepy Thames river town where it all began. This is a journey that will take Helen deep into her own desires and illusions -- and there's no knowing if it will be an end or a beginning.