Sam lives beyond the fence, in the de-reg zone. Here, children trawl rubbish dumps for food and gangs rule the streets.

There are no schools, no libraries, hardly any books. But Sam wants one thing - to learn to read.

One day, he finds a book in the rubbish dump, and asks the only person he knows who can read, Old Man David, to help him learn.

Old Man David wants something in return, though. Is Sam willing to pay the price?

This is a short story based in the same world as my novel, Perfectible Animals.