Leaving his life of petty crime and drug abuse behind, young Douglas flees from Minneapolis to Scotland, to his stern but fair-minded Grandma McLaren, who will take him in if he can support himself. Fortunately, few cities are friendlier than Edinburgh to a guitarist with a talent for spontaneous rhyme, and soon Douglas is making a living as the busker who can write a song about you on the spot.
But Edinburgh has its dangers for the unwary . . . including the fey folk who invisibly share Edinburgh's ancient streets.