When Fifi moves to London with her bricklayer boyfriend Dan, her
mother is outraged. Despite initial feelings of horror at her new
surroundings, Fifi finds the freedom from her middle-class family
Insatiably inquisitive, Fifi is fascinated by her new neighbours
and wants to know what goes on behind all those shabby front doors.
Why is Yvette, the French dressmaker, such a hermit? Why doesn't
widower Frank join his daughter and grandchildren in Australia? And
why doesn't the formidable and well-bred Miss Diamond move
But most of all she is ghoulishly fascinated by the Muckles who
live opposite in terrible squalor. She listens to their violent
quarrels, watches their ill-treated and wretchedly unhappy
children, and is appalled by all she sees.
When Fifi tries to help the Muckles' youngest child, who has
been physically abused by her father, Fifi unwittingly unleashes a
chain of events which will not only bring heart ache to her and
Dan, but terrible danger to all the inhabitants of Dale