One wet afternoon while driving a load of books to his shop, ?tienne Vollard runs?over a little girl, ?va. Haunted by guilt, Vollard visits ?va in hospital and reads stories to her while she lies in a coma. He also meets ?va's mother, Th?r?se, a struggling single parent whose dream is to be faraway and alone. When ?va awakes, the three of them are immediately aware that their lives are forever altered.?This profound and moving novel is about life, childhood, loneliness, and learning to accept and understand our differences.