The Nature of Water and Air is a novel about secrets. Agatha, the keeper of these secrets evades inquiries of her past and even refuses to tell her daughters who their father is. Her daughter, Clodaugh, seeks to find out the truth and unveil the revelations that drove her mother to an early grave. The unkown eventually leads to dire consequences when time finally reveals all, as time always does. What will Clodaugh do with what she discovers? Will she follow in the path her mother took and begin to keep secrets of her own?