Oly is an albino hunchback dwarf, yet her deformities aren't as desirable as her siblings'. She's not as beautiful nor musically inclined as Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins. She's not as charismatic and entertaining as Arty the Aquaboy, who has flippers instead of arms and legs. Yet she's a member of the Binewski family, and that counts as something.
Phoebe Shaw and her best friend Jacqueline want nothing more than to escape Denton Street and see more of the world. After graduation, their plans are set in motion, however the symptoms of a strange sickness strike their neighbourhood; something awful that targets young women. Afraid for her future, Phoebe remains determined to break away, but her fate, and that of Jacqueline's, become more uncertain by the minute.