Once, reclusive Mrs Alice Drablow lived in Eel Marsh House. When junior solicitor Arthur Kipps glimpses a young woman dressed all in black at her funeral, he feels profound unease, deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk about her. Now Kipps must stay in the lonely house, sorting out papers, when the mist enshrouds it and the high tide cuts it off from the world beyond.
A moving fable of rejection, friendship and loyalty
Oskar is a 12-year-old boy living with his mother on a dreary housing estate at the city's edge. He dreams about his absent father and is bullied at school. His best friend is Eli, the young girl next door, who doesn't go to school and never leaves the flat by day. She is a 200-year-old vampire, frozen in childhood and condemned to live on a diet of fresh blood.