Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies – injured, thirsty, lost… and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there.
She can say only one word: Lucy.
Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even – as some islanders suggest – a German spy…?
Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear.
WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony – and the music begins to resolve…
In Michael’s own words,
“It is a story of love and loss, of family and community fractured by war, of the power of hope, and above all of the will of the human spirit to survive.”
Listen to Michael Morpurgo talk about the story of a German ship that was wrecked on the rocks of the Scilly Isles, and the extraordinary, lasting loyalty that the accident created.
Listen to the Moon publishes on September 25