This is a “What If” story about an extremely wealthy Englishman named Damian who, at the end of his life, enlists the aid of a former friend in effort to locate a child he may have fathered many years prior. Having no heirs or relatives to leave his fortune to, Damian reaches out to the man he wronged asking for an immense favor. Damian wants his former friend to contact a number of women who might have borne him a child forty years earlier; a child to whom he intends to leave his fortune.
Weird thing about the former friend is that although he narrates the story, his name never appears in it! There are however, many other names of the high society men and women with whom he interacts in this who had the baby/heir story. Fellows does a fine job of weaving the past with the present as his nameless narrator connects the present with his past all the while filling-in missing information.
I liked a great deal of this novel; especially Fellows’ knowledge of the hidden rules of the English upper class. In addition, his story made me take my own walk down memory lane. I reflected on the relationships I had with people 40 years ago and wondered to myself where all those people are now easily imagining if we were to meet now, we would be strangers having missed the in-between. This novel gave me new-found respect for the author. I highly recommend it.