On a small, isolated island in the Stockholm archipelago, Fredrik Welin is living a quiet life together with his pets and has almost no connections to other human beings. The island is surrounded by ice for almost six months a year and every day Fredrik, once a famous surgeon, cuts a hole in the ice and lowers himself into the cold water to remind himself that he is still alive. One cold winter day, an unexpected visitor come to see him, and gives him a surprising revelation which leads him out on a journey, not only across Sweden, but also across his memories and through his past.
Henning Mankell (born in 1948) is mainly known for his crime novels, starring his creation Inspector Kurt Wallander. Mankell made his fictional debut in 1977 and has since then published close to 80 plays, crime novels, essays, children’s books and fiction for young adults.