When a vicious murderer takes the lives of 3 family members but can't locate the family's missing toddler, he follows the baby's smell to a graveyard. But, the baby has already been embraced by the ghosts who live in the graveyard. They hide him from "the man Jack", saving his life.
Mr. & Mrs. Owens become the parents of Bod, aka "Nobody Owens" and Silas, a mysterious man who can leave the graveyard (none of the ghosts can leave) becomes his guardian. The world outside the graveyard is not safe for Bod and he needs their protection.
The Graveyard Book follows Bod's adventures in the graveyard and the lessons learned when he disobeys. The ghosts take turns teaching him and he learns history through the eyes of those who lived it. Actually, I was kind of jealous of Bod -- a fictional character -- in that way. Wouldn't it be fun to learn history from people who lived it? Eventually, Bod becomes old enough that he needs to leave the graveyard and attend school. By then, he has learned some special skills that will help keep him safe. But, the killer is still out there and he hasn't given up. When Bod slips up and draws attention to himself, he must face the biggest challenge of his life.
This is my 4th book by Neil Gaiman. He's not a favorite, but I keep coming back to his books. There is definitely something unique and magical in the way he writes and I loved the way this story unfolded.