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Local librarian Hanna Casey is gathering material for an exhibition on Ireland’s War of Independence. But with an increasingly demanding mother, a boss who’s a ruthless self-publicist, and her own family story of love and revenge, Hanna’s personal life begins to conflict with her work at Lissbeg library.

Meanwhile, twenty-one-year-old Aideen, who’s just had her first baby, is convinced that she needs to find her own dad, whom she’s never known. When old wounds are opened in the little clifftop house left to Hanna by her Great Aunt Maggie, it become clear that history is never just about the past. And, as Aideen and Hanna discover, with help, as ever, from Fury O’Shea and The Divil, happiness is about choosing to live in the present.