Selected for the QI Book of the Year Award, 2016 'Gripping and utterly believable' IAN RANKIN, Guardian Books of the Year `A story about the strength and fragility of human nature. Rob Ewing's writing is powerful, compassionate and brilliant. I absolutely loved it' JOANNA CANNON, the author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP Eight-year-old Rona lives in an empty house with her friends Elizabeth and Alex. Home is a deserted island off Scotland where days are filled by playing school and 'shopping' for food and batteries. There are other children too - Calum Ian and Duncan - and the cats that follow them around. But for the last ones left, the path to survival is paved with dangers and decisions that risk extinguishing the hope they've so carefully kept alive.