A man has lived on his own beside the sea for many years. From a choice made long ago, he keeps himself separate from the world of people, and is completely at one with his environment. His solitude is broken by the discovery, one early morning on the flat sands of a low tide, of a child washed up on the beach. Somehow, she is still alive. In the village, a woman reflects on a lifelong fascination with an ancient love story as she faces an unknown future. The new arrival on the beach sets in chain a sequence of events that no one can alter, and in this mystical and powerful novel, we witness a man experiencing our world as though for the first time. Discover Sam?the last good man on earth.