Tapers is a little story about troubled people.
It's also about Tapers, the wonderful (and slightly mysterious?) camera store with one employee and one customer.
It's probably also a story about the hopes and dreams of an elderly kidnapper, and his kidnapee, an 8-year-old girl.
But Tapers is, perhaps, a little more than that. There may be something else in there, hiding. Your guess is as good as mine.