While her husband circumnavigated the globe, travelling further than any man had before, in her heart Elizabeth Cook travelled with him, imagining the exotic, the sensory, the strange. Shaped by historical fact, this novel evokes the love and interior worlds of the Cooks. Elizabeth Cook outlived her husband and each of her six children. She was aged in her 90s when she died in 1835 and had been widowed for 56 years. Around these bare biographical facts, Marele Day has written an entirely plausible novel which draws Elizabeth Cook out of the shadows of history.