In the wilds of Tasmania, forests grow horizontally and can swallow children whole. What happened to ten-year-old Lovelygod Mean the night she disappeared from the village of Copperfield? Now Copperfield is a ghost town. Only Lovelygod's mother, Bedrock Mean, still waits in the Bluebird Cafe for her daughter to return.
The Historic Museum Village of Copperfield, however, a life-size replica of the original mining town, shines beneath a vast glass dome. It is the most successful theme park in the southern hemisphere. But does the Historic Museum Village tell the truth about the Means, Carillo and Bedrock, and their exquisite daughter, Lovelygod? About old Philosopher Mean, or the Knitted Chapel, or the anorexic teenager and would-be writer, Virginia O'Day?