An Irish girl in trouble encounters an epicurean canteen manager
Felicia, an unemployed Irish teen who shares a bedroom with her 100 year old great grandmother, meets handsome Johnny Lasaght, worker in a lawnmower factory, and is smitten. Johnny, however, is cagey about letting her know his exact address. Despite her father’s warnings, once her period is late, Felicia realizes she must locate the now departed Johnny. Armed with nothing more than the name of a town in England, Felicia runs away to find the lawnmower factory. However, as it has become perfectly obvious to the reader, Johnny has no intention of being found. The frightened girl wandering the streets of the inhospitable city rouses the curiosity of fastidious Mr. Hilditch, who loves cookies, as well as apparently "rescuing" lost young women. Rescuing them and perhaps more. Anyway, the previous five girls he rescued can now be found in his own private “Memory Lane,” a shadowy place in which he often contemplatively strolls. Once the lawnmower factory turns out to be a fiction, Felicia has more gumption than expected. She encounters a religious cult, squatters, and once again the chilling Mr. Hilditch before finding her own kind of peace.