What happens when a border moves? When German townspeople become citizens of France – overnight? What happens to their history, their laws, their libraries? How do stories change if a country’s past and present no longer coincide? Robert Schofield’s novel is a slyly modern tale set in Napoleonic times, a tale of books, of love and madness, of people fighting for autonomy and freedom, and for the pleasure of stories. Above all, it is a tale of longing and belonging.