The story begins in a graveyard up the hill. A man with a knife comes to kill a child who escaped from his grasps.
The small boy was adopted by a couple who had died in the century before. He was given the freedom of the Graveyard and was named Nobody Owens. He had an unearthly protector to bring him food.
Body, as he liked to be called, made friends with a small girl named Scarlett who visited the graveyard often. Soon after their meeting Scarlett moved to Ireland with her parents.
Body goes to school. He blends into the background most of the time but, he teaches some kids a lesson.
Scarlett returns and makes friends with Body agian but, the man who tried to kill Body back when he was a baby and the man who killed his family, Mr. Jack Frost, attacks him with a knife. They escape.