Philip Barnes, the popular vicar of St John's church in a small West Country town, is very happily married: he and his wife Ruth have a solid relationship based on deep love and a shared commitment to family and to faith. So when he finds himself strongly attracted to his daughter's piano teacher, Louise, his feelings are both stimulating and shocking. Their brief affair has tragic consequences for everyone involved, but once Philip realises Ruth has forgiven him, he can begin to forgive himself.
Pam Rhodes is known around the world as the main presenter of BBC TV s Songs of Praise. She has worked on a wide variety of programmes, from anchoring live evening news for Anglia Television to network holiday and travel programmes, her own daily interview series on Lifestyle Television as well as other long-term commitments for LWT and BFBS Television. In addition, Pam has worked extensively in the business world, providing communication skills training and presenting internal corporate programmes, live conferences and worldwide satellite link-up discussions. She lives in Hitchin with her two children.