Inside the town there is nothing but soot, brick and cog. Outside the town there is nothing but war. The crows say so – they blanket the roofs, shouting bloody news from across the sea down to the streets below. The people no longer even notice they are afraid.
This is a story about three children of that town. Donald, whose world is tooth and shadow. Possessed by terror, he feeds dead animals to the dark under the streets. Then there is Mary, self-contained and adrift since her mother disappeared, hiding from fate in childish games. And Bobby, who is going mad.× The Boy with Nails for Eyes