Eleven year old Lilly is precocious well beyond her years. Learning Latin and Egyptian hieroglyphs before her 8th birthday,for no apparent reason. Her DVD library consists of martial arts films and live action movies featuring talking animals. Her short life has been plagued by an uncertain destiny which she has rigorously prepared for. The overwhelming sense of purpose alienates her from the other children on the playground. Lilly is rarely invited to social events, but after attending a slumber party where she channeled the spirit of Liberace through the family dog, she was forced into deeper isolation, and began dressing in black.
Her sole companion in darkness is Sol, a boy she met at a community sponsored fun run. They hid in the shade together until the sun went down. They spend their time together pouring over ancient texts procured by Sols father overseas. Lillys family is a nice, wonderful middle class family that enjoys her artistic quirkiness, and ignores the strange smells coming from her room.