After years of long hospital stays the sickly Phillip Black has developed a taste for the macabre. He loves examining road kill, secretly watching his father butcher sheep, and spinning twisted little tales for his best friend, Sundeep.
Phillip has his mother, Mandy, wrapped around his little finger. She will do anything for him – make him fish and chips when he’s feeling ‘depressed’, give him his injections when he’s too busy watching TV, deal with his stroppy big sister when she's being really mean and do his homework when he is ‘too tired’ to even think about it. And he rewards her with feigned appreciation and the occasional bunch of roadside daisies.
And then one day Phillip hits puberty. Hard.
Her little boy is becoming a man and Mandy doesn’t know how to cope. Her fear of losing Phillip is so intense that her behavior becomes progressively strange and twisted. This is the dark side of Motherhood.
Shortly after his 13th birthday, Phillip can’t find his inhalers and has a horrific asthma attack. Severely weakened, Phillip can no longer join his father and sister on their annual folk festival trip. Instead he is bedbound at home, with Mandy looking after him. As Mandy’s mothering becomes increasingly peculiar and controlling, Phillip isn’t sure if he’s imagining things or whether his mother is slowly going insane. Who knows, maybe it's normal for a mother to break all the bones in her son's 'naughty' hand and refuse to take him to the doctor...
What was once his delightful childhood home is now Phillip’s prison. What ingenuity can he call on to escape it? And what bizarre and brutal means will this new terrifying Mandy use to keep Phillip as her ‘Mother’s little boy’?