1956: the nation is reeling with daft Yankee ideas, resistant ‘pinkos’, sex, atoms – and fish. In a country yet to decide the nature of its history, what is the future of love? Feisty Amande, washed up from Free France into a fiercely traditional community, finds she will learn its value all too painfully. Royston & Cran, the time-and-motion men, sure can count plenty but can’t get the hang. And young Peem, child of a stern communist and a patient peace-seeking mother, must attend the death of several dreams before he learns what love and life may be.