Jim Green and his wife Cindy live in the North Carolina town of Stanleyville, which is proudly known as the pencil capital of the world. More than anything, Jim and Cindy want a child but they are unable to conceive. So one night, they decide to write down the characteristics of their perfect child and then bury a box containing these pieces of paper in their back garden. A freak thunder storm leads to the blossoming of a boy called Timothy, who seems to possess all of these attributes.
- Peter Hedges