In a candid and compelling portrayal of the last years of her parents' lives, Carol Lee confronts the sense of loss - and longing - at the heart of her family. Returning with her brother as adult 'children' when summoned by her father’s illness, she found that roles and boundaries between all of them changed. Guilt and anger played their part in the time that followed. But Carol found poignancy and delight, too, in stories of her mother practising tango in the tiny kitchen of her childhood home, and she is humbled by her father's courage. Snowbound winters, evocative beach walks in Wales and atmospheric African times are captured in this account of the turmoil of long-distance care. A rich pattern of the beauty and sorrow of human life weaves itself throughout this true story of four people’s participation in a family.