Christopher Nix is fourteen years old in 1969. His life is a turbulent echo of the times as he discovers sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in the heart of Florida. Into this struggle between the young long-haired hippie and the red necks who'd just as soon kill him comes a strange offer that will completely change his life. The Nix family is contacted by a mysterious benefactor who wants to send Chris to an exclusive private school, no expense spared. Jay Dumont claims that Chris' grandfather saved his life during WWI, and though Grandpa Uvdall is dead, the debt remains to be paid. But as Chris will discover, there is a great deal more to it than that. He will have to accept and understand the Powers that have surrounded his family all his life, and learn to use his own magical gifts, if he is to survive Dumont's plan.
Will Shetterly lives in Bisbee, Arizona, with his beloved wife, Emma Bull, and his tolerated cat, Buddha. (They didn't name him. They don't know who Buddha fooled into thinking he was enlightened.) He writes novels, screenplays, short stories, and comic books. He's proudest of "Dogland," ""but he thinks his two best short stories are "The Princess Who Kicked Butt" and "Dream Catcher."