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The images of falcons on the cover are by photographer, Greta van der Rol.

Used with her kind permission.


Summary: He calls himself Robert Kelly, known as Bob. They call him the mystery boy.

A boy is discovered walking on a country road. He is injured, exhausted, lost and alone. He refuses to tell what happened to him, and the name he gives matches no records. But he tells a story - a story of routine kidnaps, murders, and abuse. It wasn't him, though - he was never there. ‘Someone’ had told him about it.

This is the story of Bob, who would never again be called Angel.

Ian Mackender is the manager of Penwinnard Boys' Home. He knows his boys, he knows the good and bad of them. He understands them better than they understand themselves. But this new one? He doesn’t understand Bob.When the story finally breaks, the ramifications will be felt worldwide.


Setting: This story is set at Penwinnard Boys’ Home, situated in Cornwall, UK. Penwinnard is an independent charity home, founded in 1743. The manager is Ian MacKender, and he is answerable only to a Board of Directors, though there are routine government inspections and certain standards are laid down by the government. Penwinnard has accommodation for 24 boys.

Notes: In reality, the organisation of Children’s Homes in the UK is multilayered and complex. For the purposes of the story, this structure has been drastically simplified.

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