Nobody Owens is raised in a cemetary after his family is murdered. He was supposed to die that night but wandered away before the murderer caught him. He is safe as long as he stays in the cemetary. He can see the spirits of the graveyard's inhabitants. He learns from them on the physical as well as spiritual side of life. He grows. He gets into trouble. He needs Silas and the rest of the spirits and guardians of the graveyard.
I enjoyed this book. It is my favorite Neil Gaiman book so far. I loved the characters and the story. It was fun and different from much of my reading. If I owned this book, it would be a keeper.