When her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, 10-year-old Simone discovers that he is not dead, but living at the top of the tree at the bottom of their yard in Brisbane.
Of course, no one believes her.
The neighbours do not approve of Simone's visits to talk to her dead father, who lives in the top of the tree in their backyard.
Not only does Simone's dead father live at the top of the tree, but the tree itself is taking over the house.
t is the start of the summer holidays and Simone is very unhappy that the Drain Man keeps calling.
As the long hot summer holiday comes to an end, it is obvious to Simone that things will have to change - but not quite as dramatically as this.