'Marie King is a 59-year-old divorcée from Sydney's affluent north shore. Having devoted her rather conventional life to looking after her husband and three children - who have now all departed the family home - she is experiencing something of an identity crisis, especially as she must now sell the family home and thus lose her beloved garden. On a folly she gets a tattoo.
'Marie forges a friendship with her tattoo artist, Rhys, who introduces her to an alternative side of Sydney. Through their burgeoning connection, Marie's two worlds collide causing great friction within Marie's family and with her circle of rich friends.' (From the publisher's website.)
Thou shalt not make any cuttings in thy flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord. - Leviticus 19:28
Please Doctor, I feel pain. Not here. No, not here. Even I don't know. -Czeslaw Milosz, 'I Sleep A Lot'