The first recorded comet, Lao-Tien-Yeh 老天葉 reaches Earth. Estimated today, to have been four times as bright as a full moon.
An old monk climbs Mount Tai to greet the new star. A chance encounter along the way, with something from his past, will introduce the monk to the tenets of Universal Truth ... Principles that will later become the foundation of Buddhism. He will not have the chance to tell anyone though, for an ancient force has also awakened with the nightless day.
It takes a thousand years for the Buddhist doctrine to be discovered again.
Hanalei Bay, Hawaii Three Days Ago...
While caring for a recently rescued kitten, an accident occurs that blurs the lines between imagination and reality. Everything that has ever visited Calvin in dreams has come home. Every Grumpmuffin, Goblin, Adamsville Fairy and Menehune expects to have their say. It has been a long time since a human has been in a position to have a conversation and they intend to make the most of it.
A childhood promise, made to a grandfather forever linked to a ragged old cat, weaves through time. Clotho, the sister who spins the threads of life and destiny for the Fates, has placed a single strand to connect them all. Harsh questions will be asked. Secrets will be shared. Truths will be revealed. But like the Chinese monk before him, Calvin will not have the chance to tell anyone, for the ancient forces once again stir.
Although Twain, Tesla, Barrie, Warhol, The Apollo 12/Intrepid Landing Module, Perun—the Slavic God of Thunder, some quantum foam, and a wee-bit of lost faith all make appearances … it may not be enough.
Comet Lao-Tien-Yeh 老天葉 is now designated 12P/Pons-Brooks, and it is fast approaching.
Seventeen-year-old Saraid of Thekla is on her way to marry the ruler of far-off Mauburni. But she's not sobbing into her silk-curtained litter at the thought of leaving home, because she has plans--and The Book. She's studied this ancient treatise on the art of kingship for months to make herself the ideal queen for her adopted country. Once her new husband sees that, he'll fall madly in love with her. It will all be perfect. She knows it.
But The Book is silent on what to do when one's journey across a cursed desert wasteland is halted by a mysterious young warlord. Cadel has plans of his own--plans that don't include her going to Mauburni. As she begins to unravel his secrets, Saraid will have to lay aside The Book and trust her own wisdom--and her heart--to navigate the treacherous shoals of politics and power and become the queen she yearns to be.
Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands.