Molly and her sister Hannah are reluctantly living with their Grandparents after the sudden death of their mother because their father is unable to care for them. Molly encounters the Green man, the god of spring, who becomes her object of care and concern and as she deals with her loneliness, her sister’s anger and her father’s “inability to cope”.
The omniscient narrator clues us in to what will happen as well as reminding us of other publications that could give us additional background as he tells the story of a poor boy who triumphs over the hard heartedness of his ultimate superiors (the lady and son of the manor) as well as some of his fellow servants. There is wry humor that adds a level of sophistication to the story.
Fearful and superstitious townsfolk drive orphaned Kate from her home. Alone except for Taggle, her cat, she joins the Roamers in a desperate quest to reclaim her shadow, having traded it to the dangerous witch, Linay, in exchange for the unspoken desire of her heart.
This wordless graphic novel hauntingly portrays the universality of the immigrant experience as an unnamed man journeys to an unknown land. Surreal sepia-toned images full of imagination and mystery form a visual tone poem inviting multiple interpretations.