It's been said that suffering builds character. And there are few that know suffering better than young Justin. Only 14 years old, he has found an easy way out. A suicidal tendency that he is hoping will bring an end to his misery. But when he meets a mysterious boy at the end of Navy Pier one dark evening...he is given an alternative. One that will give him purpose, and set in motion the events that will lead to his ultimate destiny....in a world not like our own.
Garrett's life is over. His body has been ravaged by magic beyond his control. He is a freak of nature, with mythical powers that are only told about in legend. He has no home, no friends, and his family believes he is dead. Amidst all that, war has come to the Kingdoms. He has no place in life. Or does he?
Ben is a quiet boy, loves living life in his imagination more than anything. He has a sister who protects him, a mother who doesn't understand him, and a grandmother who perhaps understands too much. So then, who is this new boy in his life that seems to intrude more and more on his fantasies, perhaps even making some of them reality.
Sometimes, life just sucks. Jared Warren knows this better than anyone. His 'loving' marriage has had thirteen long, long years to explain it to him. In detail. But when the choice between an experimental life-saving procedure and dying comes up, he doesn't hesitate. After all, he has to protect his kids!