Dinah Jefferies has created a great sense of time and place in this novel. Discuss how she has achieved this?
Gwen is only 19 when she travels alone to Ceylon to marry. Discuss the character of Gwen and how she copes with the changes her new life brings.
Discuss how the issues of race and colonialism are dealt with in the novel.
The keeping of secrets is a big part of this novel – discuss the decisions that the characters make and the affect these decisions have on their lives.