Jack Tideswell is twelve years old and lives with his eccentric grandmother in a terraced house on the edge of Morton Muxloe, a small market town. His parents died on a diving expedition when he was five. But he doesn’t talk about that.
Nan has always been a fuss body. It’s only natural when you’re raising a boy who’s lost both his parents. Except Nan has other reasons for being protective of Jack; reasons she can hardly admit to herself.