IntroductionThe story kicks off with Jack, the protagonist, coming home to an empty, lonely home. We are also introduced to his sister Molly and his mother.
We are introduced to Robbie and Clara, Molly's clairvoyant imaginary friend. Robbie takes a cigarette from a soldier's care package.
A concerned Jack asks Clara what will happen to the soldier who receives the care package. Clara foresees a man's life being saved due to the lack of a cigarette in the box.
She saw a man nicknamed, "Sparky" and when he was giving out his cigarettes, he went back to look for another, but heard a boom that had killed all of the men that he had given cigarettes, but he was saved because he returned to safety.
A few weeks later, Jack and Molly receive a letter in the mail from their father, who was serving at the time. He detailed that he was okay, and the soldiers had given him the nickname, "Sparky."