A stranger in a remote village researches an old tragedy in this beautiful and resonant novel that was a phenomenal success in France.
A world-weary young father holidays by the sea near Dieppe with his reproachfully perfect wife and their twin daughters. A chance meeting with an eccentric old lady leads to intense encounters in her mysterious home, full of old photographs and strange objects - sacred ceremonial masks once belonging to the Hopi Indians of Arizona. The old woman takes comfort in her new companion, and he, in turn, is drawn by her secrets. As he begins to push his family into the background, her stirring tales of the Hopi become the only salve to his despondent soul.