Gar, an 8th -century boy with Down Syndrome, has a crush on a girl named Oshild. Just before the mid-summer assembly, Oshild is raped and murdered. Gar takes it upon himself to help the assistant advocate investigate the crime. Because Gar is “elf-shot”, he sees and interacts with the world in different ways from others, so he perceives clues that others miss. But he is also vulnerable, and he is pursuing more than one killer.