The waves rolled on to the sand with a slow, gentle swish. It was the loudest sound on the beach. From somewhere up on the cliffs, beyond the wind-stunted trees, came the distant thump of music and the hum of excited chatter. Light from the partial moon gave the water a slight shine, like tarnished metal. Small crabs the size of coins burrowed in the damp sand and insects skittered on the surface. Seaweed lay in stranded heaps.