Skabelon is the story of Urd, who lives with her family in a remote place deep in the forest. Her father is often away for weeks on end. Her mother drinks coffee and smokes in the kitchen, takes long baths day and night, or lies on the couch under her duvet. The older children go to school, but the family exists in a kind of natural state, far from the comfort and safety of bourgeoise society. Food and tenderness is scarce.
Urd is uniquely perceptive to all kinds of small animals and insects, dead and living; to bats and ravens, foxes and crows, animal skeletons and skulls. She seeks out caves, holes in the ground, hidden rooms in the house and abandoned cabins. She is often out in the forest alone, at night, in the dark. But when she ventures into the world of people, things always go wrong.
Skabelon is written in terse, unsentimental prose, but the story has a dreamy, gothic, darkly romantic quality, where reality and the probable can be swept abruptly aside.