Majestic, ice-capped mountains and emerald forests, ancient temples and shrines, rushing rivers and breath-taking waterfalls.
To a normal person, the lands of Japan would be the perfect setting for a vacation.
But to me, the world was no longer normal.
My name is Jimmy Fincher, and mine is a story of wonder and dread.
(And I really, really hate cooked peas, but that has nothing to do with this story.)
Only fourteen years old, I’d been set on a course that could not stop, or the world I called my own, along with countless others, would be in terrible jeopardy.
The things I’d been through and the circumstances that led to my urgent arrival in the beautiful lands of Japan are difficult to summarize without sounding like a shoeless wacko from the backwoods of Georgia.
A conspiracy of crazed men, who were actually beings from another, darker place, trying to open a magical door.
My dad, caught in the middle, doing his best to prevent them.
Me, just a boy, the one destined to open it.
A special gift received, one that made me indestructible.
The Givers, a mysterious people determined to help save our world from an enemy unprecedented in ruthlessness.
The Black Curtain, that strange, unpredictable portal that led to The Blackness, a pathway between countless worlds.
A new friend, Joseph, kidnapped by shadows with wings.
Permeating it all, a phrase that had grown to haunt us in our dreams.
The Stompers are coming.
This was the substance of my new life, and although it was more exciting than the old one, I wasn’t particularly enjoying it.
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