Coming from a shattered family, the children Nella and Robert are used to take care of themselves. Nella, older by a few years, tries to take care of her brother as much as possible, but sometimes the bullies at school are too strong even for her.
One day, the more or less psychotic Gerard decides to give them his full attention, and suddenly Nella realizes that this time, it is for real and things are starting to become very dangerous.
Carl-Johan Vallgren (born 1964 in Linköping) grew up in the small Swedish town of Falkenberg. Vallgren has published several novels and collections of short stories. His breakthrough came with his seventh book "The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot", which was awarded the August Prize in 2002.