In this gothic, adult fairytale, Finton Moon is a child who
feels like an alien within his own family and community. Growing up in the
rough town of Darwin, Finton lives with his Catholic mother and grandmother,
his lawless, faithless father and his two older brothers. While his grandmother
has him "right ready for the seminary", Finton's interest lies in
books, nature and solitude.
Finton's parents quickly discover that he is extraordinary -
for he has been born with the ability to heal with his hands. While Finton Moon
wants nothing more than to belong, he lives in a world that sees him as other,
and his greatest fear is that he will be trapped forever with these people who
both misunderstand and abuse him.
With vivid and unflinching prose, Nicole Lundrigan has
created a suspenseful and deeply human saga of the persistence of evil and the
astonishing power of love.