Ruth is widowed, her sons are grown, and she lives in an isolated beach house outside of town. Her routines are few and small. One day, a stranger arrives at her door, looking as if she has been blown in from the sea. This woman - Frida - claims to be a care worker sent by the government. Ruth lets her in. Now that Frida is in her house, is Ruth right to fear the tiger she hears on the prowl at night, far from its jungle habitat? How far can she trust this mysterious woman, Frida, who seems to carry with her own troubled past?
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In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth - a widow whose sons work abroad - lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's been sent by the authorities to be Ruth's carer. At first, Ruth is happy to have the company. Frida is efficient and helpful, and willing to listen to Ruth's stories about her childhood in Fiji and the man she fell for there. But why does Ruth hear a tiger prowling through the house at night? How far can Ruth trust this enigmatic woman? And how far can she trust herself?
Die betagte Ruth wohnt in einem entlegenen Haus am Meer. Seit dem Tod ihres Mannes ziehen ihre Tage gleichförmig dahin, allein vom Rhythmus der Wellen und dem Klang des Windes geprägt. Eines Tages steht eine vom Staat geschickte Pflegekraft vor der Tür. Die tüchtige Frida übernimmt schnell das Regime, sie kümmert sich um Geldangelegenheiten und die Medikamente, sodass die alte Dame das Haus gar nicht mehr verlassen muss. Langsam entgleitet Ruth das Gefühl für die Realität.