A once grand and exotic old hothouse, now decrepit, harbours even more tales of death and decay than is first apparent to its young visitor
Eleven year old Kerry Brady reluctantly agrees to stay with her grandmother for the week in rural Norfolk. Although devoted to her elderly relative, she privately fears that a whole week may bring boredom and loneliness to an aspiring teenager. Sensing this, her grandmother arranges for Kerry to visit the next door neighbour's large and impressive hothouse: a 'mini jungle'.
Although nominally just an overblown old conservatory, and in a chronic state of disrepair, Kerry discovers the place to be alive with atmosphere, mystery - and a sense of something unseen. The story of how the tragic neglect of the conservatory is aligned to the neighbouring family's recent history gradually unfolds, until Kerry finds that she is certainly not bored...and most certainly not alone.
Are the sad tales of death and decay in the once grand and exotic hothouse confined not merely to the faded plants and flowers?