Hazel is going to die.
But when? After the steroid treatments that make her into a slip-slopping bag of water? Or after discovering that her biological father is the millionaire, Gustaf Eriksson, a man obsessed with reforesting England? Or will it be when her mother gives up her café and herself becomes involved with The Tree Prospectus?
Gustaf Eriksson made his fortune as a pop-music promoter, now in his tree-planting retirement he writes and occasionally performs haiku with one of his old bands. Or could this be a 17-syllable red herring?
Will Hazel die after she leaves her sedentary game-playing boyfriend and moves in with her mother, who has separated from her accountant husband? In the background lurks the threat of Gustaf Eriksson’s son, a reputedly violent individual.