This love story takes place during a journey along the beaches of northern New Zealand.
When Monica comes home to New Zealand after working in London, she returns to Nick, an artist living in a country cottage outside Auckland.
The year's separation has caused a shift in their viewpoints. Monica resists Nick's attempts to put their relationship back ont the old footing.
To try to resolve their differences, she persuades him to set off on a holiday in the north of the North Island. Along the way they meet a Maori poet, Riki, whose presence creates new problems between them.
Nick returns alone to their cottage. Monica continues to travel. the separation gives her a chance to confront her feelings about Nick, herslef and about the country where they belong.