It is two days since Dr. John Brand's death and his eldest son, Davis, suspects a cover-up. "Survived by two sons," the death notice said. "Peacefully." Someone has lied: there are three sons, and the circumstances of their father's death are murky. No-one seems able to tell Davis where and when - and with whom - his father died. The Sydney Test Match is on, and Davis's brother Chris, a famous cricketer, is battling to save his career. Their mother, Margaret, watches Chris on TV, seemingly inert in her armchair. Hammett, the unacknowledged third brother, lurks on the edges, banished but not forgotten. Scattered over Sydney, the Brands' lives - and John Brand's funeral - are put on hold for the duration of the game: five days of suspense, silences, revelations, recriminations and redemption.
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