For example, in this volume's first story, the bond between a little boy and his doll leads to a happy (but bittersweet) conclusion. In another story, a rich man becomes obsessed with something called the Tiara of Melancholy. And in Kawahara's most satisfying story yet, a young girl uses her doll to communicate with heaven. In every one of these tales, love comes with a hefty and unexpected price tag. Be careful, dear readers. Every step you take will take you further from heaven. And the final question remains: Is there a heaven?