Hallam Foe je čudaški najstnik, ki močno pogreša svojo mamo, ki je storila samomor. Hallam cele dneve opazuje druge ljudi, obenem pa svoji mačehi očita, da je njegovo mamo pognala v smrt. Po prepiru z očetom se Hallam izmuzne iz hiše in odpotuje v Edinburgh, kjer sreča Kate Breck, ki je močno podobna njegovi materi. S tem se začne nenavadna romanca, preko katere Hallam počasi dozoreva in spoznava svet.
The seventeen year-old Hallam Foe is a weird teenager that misses his mother, who committed suicide by drowning in a lake near their house in Edinburgh after an overdose of sleeping pills. Hallam spends his spare time peeping at the locals and blames his stepmother Verity Foe, accusing her of killing his mother. After a discussion with his father Julius Foe, Hallam sneaks out from his house and travels to Edinburgh, where he sees Kate Breck and becomes obsessed with her because of her resemblance to his mother. Kate hires Hallam to work in the kitchen of the hotel where she works and they have a strange romance, while Hallam reaches his maturity in the hardest way.