“Robbie lived in a new build terrace house in the working-class Cartsdyke area of Greenock, just south of Cappielow Park, the home ground of Greenock Morton Football Club. His house was on Grosvenor Road, not far from the King’s Oak Primary School, although Robbie had stopped attending there years ago and was now at a special school.”
A 10-year-old autistic boy is brutally bullied by a group of local high-school students in a Scottish riverside town. And a neo-Nazi gang is terrorizing Greenock and Gourock pubs. A black police detective, up from London, solves the case eventually with help from a most unlikely source. Best-laid plans go awry and not everyone escapes alive. Meanwhile, a classmate saves the autistic boy from an even worse fate. Both sets of bullies learn too that bullying cripples integrity, threatens existing friendship bonds, and leaves a lasting scar on struggling communities.