Headteacher Holly Connors is pinching herself. Dream job, dream life and the dreamiest fiance, her wedding to whom is now mere months away. But dreamers often find themselves rudely awakened, and Holly is - by one long-haired pupil, Harry Meadows, who's been being going off the rails since his mum died last year. Holly knows he's hurting and she knows about loss, so before she can say the words 'professional detachment', she's made the ten year old's happiness her number one priority, despite knowing that it'll disturb a few ghosts of her own. It's easier to understand the child if you take a good look at the parent and Harry's dad, Will, seems so feckless he's a case-study on his own. Will is hurting too, but he seems to want to work through his loss by himself. Mostly, it seems, by going to work, period. As Will zooms off every day in his flashy yellow sports car, Harry is left with a string of au pairs. Despite Will's saying that it's none of her business, Holly's sense of responsibility towards Harry means that she can't just walk away. But when professional detachment turns into emotional investment, Holly begins to worry; is this just about Harry?
Or should she be taking a closer look at herself?
Daisy Jordan is married with three children and lives in Wales.