The islanders of Parla are still mourning the loss of one of their own. Four years since that loss, and a man - unnamed, unclothed - is washed onto their shores. Some say he is a mythical man from the sea - potent, kind and beautiful; others suspect him. For the bereft Maggie, this stranger brings love back to the isle. But as the days pass he changes every one of them - and the time comes for his story to be told . . .