‘Wave him off, Ort,’ Mum says to me. She always reckons you should show people you love them when they go away because you might never see them again. They might die. The world might end. But Dad’s only going to town for an hour. It’s business for Mr Cherry. And there he goes, out the drive and onto the road.
But the whole world changes when his dad ploughs into a roadside tree. Ort, the twelve year old narrator, starts to have visions of the world beyond; he knows the sky is watching him and his life – in which everything seems to be going terribly wrong. This novel blurs the distinctions between reality and the supernatural, and is a great example of Winton’s beautifully descriptive writing.