Congratulations ! You are this year's lottery winner. Report high noon, you know where. Tardiness will not be tolerated. Sally Hanson's school is being secretly ruled by Shadow Council ; a powerful and brutal group of students. Every autumn Shadow Council holds `The Lottery', a dreaded ritual which picks a pupil to be the `victim' - a person who is ignored by the entire school and forced to become Shadow Council's slave. Sally is this year's victim - and she faces the worst year of her life. Humiliated and isolated, her friends desert her and teachers turn a blind eye. But when Shadow Council's demands become increasingly sinister, Sally begins to suspect that maybe more than bad luck is against her... A dark and powerful psychological thriller from an extraordinary writer.