On a lovely summer eve in Amsterdam, two couples meet for dinner at a fashionable restaurant. As the evening progresses, the reader discovers the reason why – as Serge, the older brother, says – they need to talk about their children. A horrific act, more than just a teenage prank, has been committed and both couples are at odds how to rectify the situation. Koch carefully portrays his characters through a series of flashbacks which foreshadow the conclusion of the evening’s events. A thoughtful study of family relationships which show just how far someone will go to protect the ones they love.