In this second novel of the Out of Solitude trilogy, Australian wine writer, Andrew Johnston, is again staying in Europe, this time with his brother, Adrian, for both work and a holiday. He receives an extensive new project from his publisher that takes him through the premium wine producing regions of France, during which he meets up again with a number of his old acquaintances from both France and Dubrovnik. Among these is Niki Menèetiæ and the chance meeting rekindles his old feelings for her. While their relationship develops, Andrew is again drawn into events and affairs which he finds curious and difficult to fathom, having to rely on his trust in Niki’s judgement and his own faith in her to maintain his equanimity. While Andrew’s travels through Europe are superficially normal, the tendrils of Niki’s world reach out to and entangle him at various stages, bringing with them complications that he is confident he can resolve – but whether the opportunity to do so arises in time raises considerable uncertainties for his future.