When fifteen-year-old Robbie Ash unintentionally puts a fellow student in hospital, he knows his pregnant mother will decide it is time to move on yet again. The Museum of Phantasmagoria awaits him: a place that stuffs and poses dead animals to enact scenes from history and legend, run by his callous, sinister stepfather, Gabriel Sage.
Chapter 25 – The Appeal of Forgetting
Forced to return to his mother, Gabriel Sage and The Museum of Phantasmagoria, Robbie is left shattered by the consequences of the actions of others and considers a truly drastic course of action.
Chapter 24 – Upping the Ante
Together, Isla and Robbie face a brutal assault on familiar territory but the encounter will come at a devastating cost.
Chapter 23 – Life on the Edge
With the generous assistance of a new friend, Isla and Robbie enjoy their new existence, despite the physical hardships. However, the unforgiving past comes calling.
Chapter 22 – Lacuna
Isla and Robbie settle into their unorthodox new lives, disturbed only by the curious but caring interventions of Eliza Marsh and her dog, Bertie. But a storm is brewing that threatens their lives, as well as opening new horizons for them.
Chapter 21 – The Road to Nowhere
Isla and Robbie discover a place where they may spend winter in some semblance of shelter but it comes with risks.
Chapter 20 – Winter Moorings
After several miserable winter nights sleeping rough, Isla and Robbie take advantage of the shelter afforded by empty boats in a marina. When forced to move on, Robbie’s guilt over their homeless situation, means his Christmas gift to Isla comes at a significant sacrifice to himself.