“The island’s final child was born on a bleak, October evening: a boy, Trevor Alistair McCloud. At the time, of course, no one could know he’d be the last, and his birth was noted much as any other; even years later his brother and sister would remember less the event itself than the weeks before it, how their parents had shut the guesthouse early for the season, and the way the closing days of summer had left the island strangely muted.”
In 1980 the McCloud family welcomes Trevor, their third child and the last to be born on Eilean Fìor, a small island off the west coast of Scotland. Life there, on the eve of Trevor’s birth, is grim: the population, once in the hundreds, now hovers around thirty; his parents stubbornly maintain the family business, a guesthouse, despite their increasing trouble turning a profit; and a plague of rats threatens to wipe out the island’s last remaining hopes. Against this backdrop, and through a series of interlocking narratives spanning from Trevor’s birth to the present day, What Ends follows each of the McClouds as they navigate their ever-more fragile lives.