First things first. The Drowning of Arthur Braxton by Caroline Smailes is not romantic comedy. It's a modern fairy tale with swearing, gritty realism and characters who are, by their own admission, a bit wonky. It focuses on adolescence and the pain that comes with it. It is, however, about love. It's powerful, emotional and beautifully written.
Laurel, a school girl, is working and earning money at The Oracle, an old Edwardian bathhouse. The Oracle is a place where people go to get healed by the three water healers; Madame Pythia, Martin Savage and Silver.