Artist Sara Klingmot is determined to walk herself well at the Hardanger mountain plains in Norway. She has an undiagnosed vision impairment she calls “height sliding”. People she meet tend to look taller than they really are; they slide, just like the characters on her canvas. The flat, monotonous landscape of the mountain plains will be good for the optic nerve, according to eye specialist (and poet) dr. J. Mallang. Sara has some intense visions that both fascinate and scare her. Her daughter Mona, recently expelled from secondary school because of bullying, accompanies her on the trip – and is in the way of her mother’s creativity and ability to lose her vision impairment.
The novel also contains Erik Engebretsen’s short story “The Cone Test” and J. Mallang’s collection of poems, Section from a Waterfall Surprised by the Cold.