A glimpse of eight year old Ivor in a pretty market town inspires young artist Gemma Palmer to write and illustrate a children's book. Gemma next meets Ivor when she is 29 and he 16. They become lovers, to the consternation of Gemma's friends...for the real Ivor is quite different from the sunny character she turned him into in her much-loved books. Lurking in the secret places of his heart are impulses that are dangerous and malign. It can only be a matter of time before they are released, ready to strike. But when? Where? At whom?
A deceptively gentle comedy of rural life, set in idyllic countryside, becomes a generation spanning tale of murder and retrobution that is deep, disturbing and dark.