HAFFLING, set in Manhattan, is the story of sixteen year old Alex Nevus, his little sister Alice, and his mentally ill mother, Marilyn. Alex is a brilliant guy determined to hold his family together against a backdrop of unbearable tragedy. Years earlier he and his sister were placed in a foster home where Alice was molested, and Alex pushed the man who did it to his death. He's also haunted by the specter of his own madness. Ever since he can remember he's had a six-inch bare-breasted fairy named Nimby sitting on his shoulder, that combined with a schizophrenic mother gives him cause for worry. Further down on the list of things that keep him up at night is his growing crush on the most-perfect boy in his class, who currently goes out with the most-perfect girl.
Since being reunited as a family, Alex has become a master of knowing the rules. All of which goes to hell when his mother fails to show up for her disability hearing. When he tracks her down to a park at the northern tip of NYC, his world comes undone as he follows her into a parallel realm. There, he meets a power-hungry queen who would conquer the world, but requires a suitable vessel to pass between the dimensions. She needs Alex...or at least parts of him to make that happen.