Judith Hermann recounts the story of a departure: an old world is lost and a new one is born. Her daughter is a traveller, on her way to faraway places. She writes little letters to her ex-husband, telling him how she is doing in this new life by the sea and in the north. She sets up house, makes friends, sort of, and strikes up an affair. She wonders if she should settle down or if she should move on. Hermann depicts a woman who leaves many things behind. She becomes resilient and changes into somebody new in this sparse coastal landscape that surrounds her.