Contemporary London. You know what that's like. But there's another London too, another race: the streets are swirling with them. They have no jobs, no driving licence, no social security, no identity of any sort. They pass us by every day; the unnumbered. Nio and Mila are two of the unnumbered. Nio the dreamer has built a home for himself in Coldfall Woods. Mila the realist has just bought herself an identity, and works as a checkout girl. It's a start: their start. Mila's going to reach the stars some day. They can feel it in the air. Lucas Tooth can sense it too. He works his charm on all these women; the hopeful, the sad, the desperate. But only when they feel the fear does it bring him the pleasure. And now it's Mila's turn. Together, Nio and Mila will take on this London and all it can throw at them. But it is not an easy city. It exacts a hard tribute. The city has brought them together. The city could tear them apart.
Sam North is a director with literary agency Conville & Walsh. He is the author of THE AUTOMATIC MAN, winner of the Somerset Maugham prize, CHAPEL STREET, THE GIFTING PROGRAMME, BY DESIRE adn THE LIE OF THE LAND. He lives in Devon.