Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted. When they were younger, Daniel and Cathy had gone to school. But they were not like the other children then, and they were even less like them now. Sometimes Daddy disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home he was at peace. He told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn't true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew. Told in first-person narrative by a much older Daniel, 14-year-old Daniel lives with his 16-year-old sister, Cathy, and their father in a house they built with their own hands in a remote area in Yorkshire without the landowner's permission. When the landowner, Mr. Price, finds out about the house on his land, he galvanizes the locals against the family. Leading to a confrontation that leaves nobody unscathed, most of all Daniel
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