There are questions we can never hope to answer. It doesn't stop us asking.
Nan Prunty's mother has always claimed to have been Lord Nelson’s lover. She saw him die at Trafalgar, or so she says. Nan makes her own determined way in life, but is always haunted by the wish to know the truth about her father. From the ageing seamen at the Greenwich Hospital to the battlefields of the Crimea, Nan discovers the world is full of people with a story about Nelson.