Three short stories, each focusing on the relationship between mother and child. 'The Piper Man' is structured around the legend of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Marie Nicholls is a single mother bringing up her two boys, who are desperately missing their father. When a strange man arrives on their street, they are inexplicably drawn to him, much to Marie's horror. 'The Cherry Tree' tells the story of a musician, who finds her career at odds with being a mother, while 'Matryoshka' follows a woman's struggle with grief and loss following the death of her baby.