Early in the twenty-first century, in the little village of Gatestown deep in the English countryside, fifteen-year-old Wildan Achilles is living a life of loneliness with a step-family that does not want him. After several mysterious deaths and disappearances in his own family, Adam was left with a stepmother who tolerates him only for his vast wealth. He also has two stepbrothers who think he’s nothing more than a punching bag.
The only person who seems to care about him is his best friend, Arianna. Like Wildan, she, too, is an outcast, and in her case it is because she’s from a Pakistani family – the only non-white family in isolated Gatestown. The two spend their days wishing for something exciting to happen and hoping for some way to escape the loneliness and isolation oftheir lives in the very small village.
When the school year starts, it seems that the two friends may have gotten their wish. They find that a new teacher, Miss Landy, is quite different from any other teacher they’ve had and she brings with her some very unusual occurrences. Wildan even believes he sees a yellow-eyed beast lurking in the forest, stalking him.