The love story of a mother and her disabled son - NIHAL - a boy born to silence. His mother is convinced, in the teeth of all advice, that he can communicate and live a rich life.Starting with a difficult conception and a terrifying delivery with unsympathetic midwives on hand, Nihal's mother says 'her backbone lost its steel' when the doctor predicts that this gurgling, smiling baby would not grow up to walk, talk, read or write. When Nihal's mother discovers he has a sensitive and intelligent personality (and a wicked sense of humour) trapped inside his body, she does everything in her power to set it free but mostly comes up against brick walls. Even in schools where the teachers should have known better.