What would you do if a suspicious fire destroyed your home and your parents disappeared?
Twelve-year-old Billy has a few problems: Jude’s gang are on to him, his parents are missing and he’s living with Gran on the dementia floor of a care home. But his problems are about to become far more complicated. He’s about to discover that he’s caught up in a shadowy web of lies.
Meanwhile in Russia, Manya would rather not have parents at all. Her mum doesn’t speak to her and her dad is so ambitious for his only daughter that she is driven to the very brink of a dark world she doesn’t understand.
In a remarkable tale of destruction, deceit and sheer determination; two seemingly unconnected stories are told in parallel, slowly revealing an astonishing link.