Although she loves him dearly, Violet is scared of her older brother Will, because he often taunts and teases her, and even physically hurts her. When their grandmother spitefully reveals that Will is adopted, his self-esteem collapses and his behaviour becomes even more disturbing.
Although Violet is desperate to please Will, she hates the control he has over her. In order to escape, she retreats into the world of her fairy books, writing unsent letters to their author and designing fairy dolls.
When she argues with a new friend, she destroys her dolls and runs away, trying to track down the author of the imaginary world she yearns to hide within. This is a powerful novel by an exceptional writer who doesn’t shy away from difficult issues.