This story takes place in 1913 London where Seamus returned after a trip to Antartida ,and India, where Willa is.
In London Willa's family is in the middle of the struggle for women's suffrage. In India: was Willa, with her pains and her memories. For neither willa, nor Seamus would ever forget what had happended in Africa. They had been climbing the Kilimanjaro when a boulder hit Willa and she fell. Seami carried her to the base, but when he reached the villa, one of her legs had to be amputated. And she never forgave Seamus Finnegan for that loss. Eight years after that, she is climbing mountains and she has a wide knowledge of the Himalayas, she has surveyed, mapped and photographed more than any westerner had ever done. She is still in love with Seamus but will they be reunited again?