A family disappears without a trace after a road trip along the West Coast highway.
More than 30 years later, the body of one of the children is discovered. But he's several years older than when he went missing.
How had he survived and then died? Where was the rest of his family? And what is the meaning of the tally stick?
This is the head-cratching scenario for The Tally Stick - a literary thriller by Christchurch writer Carl Nixon.
Carl Nixon is an award-winning short story writer, novelist and playwright. In 2018, he was awarded the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship in France where he worked on The Tally Stick.