Shattered by a recent bereavement, Minna and her husband Tom retreat to an isolated village on the Dorset coast. Walking on the beach one day, they unearth a human skeleton. The remains are soon identified as those of a black American GI who, it seems, drowned during a wartime exercise 60 years before.
Growing increasingly preoccupied with the dead soldier's fate, Minna befriends a melancholy elderly woman, Felix, who lived in the village during the war. As Minna coaxes Felix's story from her, it becomes clear that the old woman knows more about the dead GI than she initially let on.