* A Billeting Officer shows up at the country home of Thomas Oakley to drop off a child from the city of London during the bombings of WWII.
* Thomas Oakley is a man in his sixties, of average height and stocky stature, and a gruff personality.
* The boy is Willie, an eight-year-old whose mother wants him to be with someone who lives near a church.
* Tom brings Willie into his house and immediately marks a dot on the wall where he will put a peg for Willie to hang his coat.
* Tom cooks bacon for Willie, who attempts to eat it to be a good boy, but he cannot get the food down.
* The house is small, but comfortable.
* Tom notices bruises on Willie's legs.
* Tom goes for a walk and tells Willie to venture out into the graveyard that sits outside of the front...
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