It's the last day of the holidays and Spenser Kelly (12) wants to hold Hazel Burns (12) by the hand. This is the meaning of life. He wants to sit beside her on a sand dune and hold her hand and then kiss her. Just kissing, in a nice way, on her cheek perhaps and then a little bit at the top of her arms . . . If he can kiss her this once then he'll always have kissed her, and everything which follows will be different . . . It's to be the one moment which instantly changes everything.
Damascus is a love story, in which all the events, people and places are taken from the contents of The Times of 1 November, 1993.