Twitch plans to spend the summer holiday in the hide he’s been working on. It is fully equipped and safely hidden in Aves Wood from birds, intruders or any of the school peers who mock and bully him.
Twitch finds sanctuary with birds, whether it be his chickens, or the pigeons he’s nursed and reared so that they’ve two squabs and are ready to train. Then there’s his swallow’s nest, perfectly fitted within his bedroom.
Yet his plans are interrupted by the appearance of a stranger, at first coming to the rescue when Twitch is attacked. Thereafter, sweets and questions about Briddvale ensue. While the stranger is friendly and seeks to connect with Twitch over bird-watching, there is something about him that feels uneasy to the boy.
Twitch is uneasy when Jack, one of his bullies, seeks out his friendship. It’s true that Twitch comes to his rescue on a couple of occasions, but Jack is arrogant, easy, fluent and has been quick to put ‘Corvus’ down. Is Jack to be trusted?
Briddvale is full of police, too, seeking down an escaped armed robber, said to have hidden £5 million in cash somewhere in Aves Wood. How might this impact on Twitch and his hide?
There is a lot at play for our main character. From the outset, we believe in Twitch, and travel his path, collecting eggs for Amina, taking on another paper run, and connecting with Grandad from the shelter of the hide. Therefore, we are wary of Billy, Jack and the two strange girls in the woods. What is really going on?