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In this ominous novel of the future, Daphne du Maurier explores the implications of a political, economic, and military alliance between Britain and America. Emma wakes one morning to an apocalyptic world. The cozy existence she shares with her grandmother, a once-famous actress, has been shattered—there’s no mail, no telephone, no radio, and an American warship sits in the harbor. As the two women piece together clues about the “friendly” military occupation on their doorstep, family, friends, and neighbors gather to protect their heritage.