When Charlie Parker, the most popular boy in school dies, it affects everyone who knew him. Everyone, that is, except for Hamish Day, the boy who lives on a cabbage farm and only has one friend. But Hamish soon finds himself pulled into the complicated lives of the people left behind. Among them is Annie Bower, the prettiest girl in school. As he uncovers startling truths about his peers, his perspectives on friendship, love, grief and the tragic power of silence are forever altered. Set in rural Australia, this novel deals with unrequited love, neglect, sexuality, bullying, prejudice, death and suicide.