After the inquest, the funeral, and the reading of the will, the once strong family now seems to fall apart. Isabella seeks the company of Michael. He is devoted to his academic work as a psychology teacher in a sixth-form college and distracted by attractive students like nubile seventeen year old Lucy Banks. Paul gets involved with a blackmailing young dancer in London, spending more and more time away from home to avoid the pressure of the police investigation and that of his wife, Isabella. Margherita, a nurse at a local hospital, leaves husband Michael to stay with a friend Sally Stoneham. She meets Sally’s next door neighbour and forms a strange relationship with him. She does not even know his name. She calls him Jack. He calls her Jill.