Seventeen-year-old Fran is plagued by monsters. They leach out from the folklore and legend where they belong, and invade her thoughts and dreams. We meet her at the end of the summer of 1993, dealing with the unassailable fact of her mother's recent death. Fearing the results of her GCSE retakes as well as vaster, darker forces, she gets through the day with the help of a motley crew of characters, including her Nana, her best friend Alex, and an elderly eccentric from the local pub. As she shuttles to and fro between the time-warp of her Nana's flat and the cosy suburb she grew up in, Fran begins to claim her grief back from the monsters and live with it in the everyday.