Ben Gilholme spends his days teaching high school students about the English language. He has always loved stories, which is why he spent so many years studying them at university, writing and teaching about them, even selling them in bookshops. Ben has tried his hand at a variety of storytelling mediums: the elaborate lies he told his parent and teachers, his early forays into song writing and his current novel-writing compulsion.
Xavier is a gifted boy raised by a religious zealot. When his secret pastime is discovered, it triggers a violent response, fuelled by gossip, paranoia and a culture that cowers to intimidation. Ultimately, Xavier's innocent gesture has tragic consequences.