Clod is bullied for being the only 9-year-old in his class without magic. More than anything he just wants a friend, so he makes one out of clay.

To his surprise, she comes to life and introduces herself as Ada. Ada doesn’t last for very long, at first.

Each chapter is a different year of their life. As time progresses, Clod gets better at sculpting Ada, she lasts longer, they become close friends, and occasionally get into some trouble.

This bittersweet novella tells the entirety of Clod’s life in 10 chapters, from age 9 to 57.