The story begins with the hottest day of the summer of 1935. A thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper’s son Robbie Turner. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have become victims of the younger girl’s scheming imagination. Read on for more intrigue.