Three months after returning to England, Christopher Burton, receives a phone-call at the reception desk of the Rembrandt Hotel, Knightsbridge that informs him of his son's suicide. But why on receiving this terrible news, does Burton immediately decide that he must leave his Italian wife of thirty years standing? Why does he find it so difficult to focus on his grief for his son? DESTINY is a satisfying story and a profound meditation on marriage and identity. Tim Parks gives us a frightening experience of what it means to tread the narrow line between sanity and psychosis.