Elizabeth, wealthy aristocrat and writer, lives in Torquay. The other characters are slaves working for Elizabeth's family estate in Jamaica. Much of the story is written in patois which, at first, was a bit tricky, but don't let that put you off - it delivers a powerful story. Although Elizabeth is ill, I found her petulant and winging. I couldn't really sympathise with her, especially when comparing her life to the harsh reality of slavery.