It's 1972 in Canberra. Michael Dransfield is being treated for a drug addiction; Paula Keogh is delusional and grief-stricken.They meet in a psychiatric unit of the Canberra Hospital and instantly fall in love.Paula recovers a self that she thought was lost; Michael, a radical poet, is caught up in a rush of creative energy and writes poemsthat become The Second Month of Spring. Together, they plan for 'a wedding, marriage, kids - the whole trip'. But outside thehospital walls, madness, grief and drugs challenge their lumius dream. Can their love survive? The Green Bell is a lyrical and profoundly moving story about love and madness. It explores the ways that extreme experiencecan change us: expose our terrors and open us to ecstasy for the sake of a truer life, a reconciliation with who we are. Ultimately,the memoir reveals itself to be a hymn to life. A requiem for lost friends. A coming of age story that takes a lifetime.