The portrait of a child, Christie, who is caught between the temperamental dissidence between her parents, her father who was tense, contained, remote, -- her mother who was free and gay and irresponsible. With the divorce that was to follow, and through a chance conversation overheard by Christie, Christie loses what security she had, becomes a displaced and frightened child. First at boarding school, in the compensatory need to cover the recognition that she is unwanted, unloved, Christie creates a new world of fantasy and untruth. And later sent away for a summer --to a camp in the west -- she finds her chance to be herself when she runs away. But when her father finds her, to take her back with him, her return is a reluctant, resentful one, a denial of his affection for her which she will never recognise or reciprocate.... A shaded and catching portrayal of disillusion and disorientation, this is for a more discriminating, feminine following.