Since his wife died, old Mr Hegarty has lived alone, with just his cat Cat and dog Jacko for company. The last in the street before the wharves and warehouses, his house is one of the few that remain in the area. Most of them have been pulled down and replaced by building sites full of cranes, concrete girders and men in hard hats. Mr Hegarty passes them on his way to the old Lane, whose busy markct and café are an enduring refuge in a changing world. It is in the Lane that Mr Hegarty finds himself one Christmas Eve, enjoying the cheerful bustle, before returning home in the dark. It seems like it will be just, another quiet, uneventful Christmas for the lonely old widower. But then, in the middle of the night, he hears a faint crying that leads him to the porch of a church and a very special discovery Beautifully told and illustrated, this atmospheric and moving tale comes from the very heart of Christmas. It is a story for all ages a story to be read and enjoyed over and over again.