Gillian is a successful TV host, a beautiful woman who has a secure relationship with Matthias; she has her life under control. One night after they had a fight, the couple has a traffic accident, their car hits a deer on a wet street. Matthias dies, she wakes up in hospital. With a damaged face. She only slowly begins to pick up the pieces and one episode from her past could mean a solution to her future. Without big words but with inescapable images, Peter Stamm's novel tells a powerful story of a woman who loses her life but stays alive – a tragedy that is a new start.