23 January 2014.
One summer in 1968, as they have done every summer, the Ramsay family, successful doctor Mark, his socialising but erratic wife Isabel, and their children, Gina, Lucian, and the youngest, the awkward, difficult Eleanor, leave London for their house on the Sussex coast. Eleanor is encouraged to play with Alice Howland, only child of the local postman, but neither really likes the other. One day, when Alice is unwillingly playing hide-and-seek with Eleanor near a derelict house by the seaside - a place where they have been forbidden to play - she disappears and is never seen again. The Ramsay family survive this traumatic event although their dysfunctionality is increased yet further and Eleanor is emotionally scarred for life. For the Howlands the tragedy is unbearable; Alice’s mother Kathleen searches continuously for her daughter while her father Steven sinks into deep depression. But even after Steven’s death Kathleen does not give up the search; she cannot rest until she knows the truth.