AUSTRALIAN. "Have you ever wished that someone you loved would die? So that the record of all your crimes and failures would be obliterated? "The big communal households of the seventies collapsed years ago. Lovers have died. Friends have quarrelled and parted forever. Children have grown up and gone out into the world. "Can anything useful be salvaged from such a history? Janet retreats to her run-down house and labours at forgetting the past. Ray hides from it in the pages of his gold-edged book, and waits for his more worldly brother to reconnect him to life. But Maxine, urgent, batty, ecstatic about auras and angels, comes crashing on to the territory of their regrets. In her crazy innocence she bursts the barricade that separates dream from reality, and hacks a path for all of them, into the future.