Two lives run in parallel. The life of a girl called Karen as she lies in a coma in hospital, and the life of a fox in an ancient and dark world.
Those two lives are one and the same spirit. The girl trapped in the fox must uncover some deeply buried secrets, and help her human friend Mowl rescue an ancient monarchy, and the spirit in Karen must struggle against the enveloping power of a coma.
In this remarkable and unusual book N. M. Browne has created a universe in which secrets lie buried just waiting to be uncovered and ancient feuds need to be resolved, paralleling Karen's life in contemporary Britain and the vigil around her hospital bed.