t is 1938 and the final days of the British Empire. In a bungalow high
up in the green hills above the plains of Ceylon, under a vast blue sky,
live the Ferguson family: Bella, a precocious eight-year-old; her
father Henry – owner of Pitlochry, a tea plantation – and her mother
Virginia. The story centres around the Pavilion in the Clouds, set in
the idyllic grounds carved out of the wilderness. But all is not as
serene as it seems. Bella is suspicious of her governess, Miss White’s
intentions. Her suspicion sparks off her mother’s imagination and after
an unfortunate series of events, a confrontation is had with Miss White
and a gunshot rings off around the hills.
Years later, Bella, now living back in Scotland at university in St
Andrews, is faced, once again with her past. Will she at last find out
what happened between her Father and Miss White? And will the guilt she
has lived with all these years be reconciled by a long over-due apology?