'This is a story about a snow-covered island you won't find on any map.
'It's Minou's story. She's twelve. A year ago, the morning after the circus, her mama walked out into the rain with a black umbrella and never came back.
'It's a story about a magician and a priest and a dog called No Name. It's about Papa's endless hunt for the truth.
It's about a dead boy who listens, and Minou's search for Mama's voice.
'And it's about discovering what love is.' (From the publisher's website.)