In 2008, Sarah was about 30 years old. She was approximately 8 years old when she saw the fox. Therefore, she saw the fox in approximately 1986.
Charlie was born in 2004, so it is probable that Sarah and Andrew were married the year before Charlie's birth.
This layer follows the life of LIttle Bee
Little Bee is sixteen when the event on the beach happens. Therefore she was born in 1992
Little Bee and Sarah's lives first collide on a beach in Nigeria in 2006. Neither of their lives will remain the same after that first meeting.
In a very traumatic event, Little Bee and Sarah are introduced on a beach in Nigeria. Sarah is there with Andrew on vacation to try and rehabilitate their marriage. Little Bee and her sister are there trying to evade Nigerian delta rebels.