Westering and Wanting brings to a conclusion the life of Derek Johns’ semi-autobiographical character Billy Palmer.
In 'Westering', Billy is in his early 30s and living in New York. He has married an American, and is attempting to pursue a career in the arts whilst discovering married life and contemplating starting a family.
In 'Wanting', Billy is middle-aged. Divorced from Alice, and 3,000 miles away from both her and his teenage son, Michael, he is back in London and has taken up a career as an antiquarian book dealer. When the daughter of a recently deceased novelist writes to ask whether Billy will handle the archive, he finds himself going back to his beloved Somerset. And in returning to his past, he begins to be aware of the shape of his future.