Ben is learning to keep secrets. No one must know about his mother and her addiction to sherry. No one must know about the bedwetting that so bewilders him. And no one must ever know about the blue folder that he'd stumbled across in Stuart England's car at the end of the previous term. Stuart England is the charismatic young master-not long down from Oxford-who makes life possible for Ben in the emotionally sterile environment of his prep school in Gloucestershire. This is the story of Ben's long struggle to be free of the demons that have chased him since childhood. Will he ever find the courage, like the house martins that fly high above the school, to accept life on life's terms?