Fiona is a well-respected judge in the Family Division. Adam Henry is a 17-year old boy with leukemia. He is also a Jehovah's Witness. And based on his religion he wants the right to refuse a life-saving transfusion.
Because of Adam's deteriorating health, the decision must be made quickly. Will Fiona allow him to make his own decisions? Or will she step in because death is never in the "best interest of the child"? How will she be able to do anything when her husband has just asked her for permission to have an affair.
McEwan's prose is breathtakingly lovely, as always.
50 down plus 2 to go.