The image of lone child losing its way in a forest is at the symbolic heart of many a folk tale. He or she may be intercepted by a witch such as Baba Yaga or threatened by an animal, notably a wolf, but in this instance, a young Indian boy falls victim to fear itself. Musa enters the forest to fetch firewood for his sick mother and all is well until a loud noise reduces him to absolute terror. He hides in the hollow of a tree, prey to visions of wild boar encircling him. His challenge is to find a way out of his state of mind. Much of the story is told visually through design and typography. The wonderful stylised illustrations by a famous Gond artist from a central Indian tribe of forest dwellers are adept at conveying the shift and intensity of the boy's emotions.