Norman Stokoe, the Children's Czar, has built a career being 'strategic rather than operation. But then two children go missing and facing a campaigning journalist and a distraught mother, he is forced to become involved. Meanwhile Geordie Nixon, working deep in the wilderness of Kielder forest is seeing strange things. Are they for real or is he losing his mind? And what place is there in this brave new world for the miraculous? From the author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN comes a dark tale about a failing politician and the search for two missing children.