This touching, funny and poetic first novel which won not one but three literary prizes is now being made into a major feature film. Everything in Taliesin Jones' life has suddenly become uncertain. His mother has left home with her hairdresser, his father talks to the wall, and his brother won't talk at all. At school, Julie Dyer blows confusing smoke rings at him and Hoop the Mental says there is no God. When Taliesin tries to find this out for sure, no-one seems to have the answer -- no-one except Billy Evans, an old man with an exceptional and miraculous talent.