From the day that Morgan-Lee is born, her extraordinarily beautiful and withdrawn older brother, Ginx, is obsessed by her. As Aunt Lois recalls: "Ginx thought you belonged to him, Morgan-Lee. He would sit on our big couch right there in his sailor's suit and hold on to you for dear life . . . He didn't speak normal till he was five. Then—bang—one day he's just talking away in complete sentences. But he wouldn't say I. He said we, meaning you and him."
Morgan-Lee is the only person who is able to understand and engage Ginx. Sharing a secret language, they escape together into a make-believe world. Unable to articulate his emotions, except through garbled, nonsensical words, Ginx becomes increasingly disturbed by Morgan-Lee's desire for friendships beyond the closed, loving circle of their sibling bond. The summer when Morgan-Lee turns fourteen, she first encounters the strange Sweety-Boy and her half-brother, Jacob—and is then faced with choosing between her love for the increasingly violent Ginx and a life without him.
In a sure and luminous voice, Martha Witt creates both the intense, private world of childhood and imagination and the inevitable and necessary pain of separation as Morgan-Lee seeks out affection beyond the domain of her fractured and damaged family.