How stupid do you have to be to fall out of a top floor window? Or was Stolly trying something else - up on cloud nine, even then? Stolly has always been so alive, so inspiring, taking risks, hiding nothing, notorious for being the school's most imaginative liar. But now he's lying in a hospital bed and Ian is watching, waiting and remembering.
Greg's interest in the history of a ruined mansion becomes more personal as he discovers the tragic events that overwhelmed its last inhabitants. His contemporary beliefs become intertwined with those of Edmund, a former resident who was confused about his sexuality and identity.