A boy named Happenstance awakens in a lost city buried under tons of volcanic ash.

Soon a strange trio arrives to take him away. They are led by the extraordinary Lord Umber:
a merchant, explorer, inventor, and chronicler of all things monstrous and magical.

This begins a dazzling adventure in a world filled with frightening and majestic creatures,
strange and wonderful places, new friends and terrible foes. As the boy tries to unravel the
mystery of his own origin, he also begins to wonder: Who is this Umber? And what
is the secret he's desperately trying to keep?

You can read the beginning of Chapter One here.

And, if you want to learn more about the story,
and its heroes, villains, creatures and places,
all you have to do is
touch the eye.


This preview features the chapter heading illustrations by artist David Ho, who also created the cover illustration.