|About the Book|
Hickory knows there are secrets below his feet, hidden in the layers of dirt that cover the ancient world of Before, but while it is forbidden to dig and find out what his peoples past is hiding, Hickory Stevens innocently stumbles into the cave ofMoreHickory knows there are secrets below his feet, hidden in the layers of dirt that cover the ancient world of Before, but while it is forbidden to dig and find out what his peoples past is hiding, Hickory Stevens innocently stumbles into the cave of the Eidolon who lived one thousand years earlier in the very world that he is forbidden to know about. One thousand years ago, the worlds ancestors were demolished by unknown forces, and the one source of information of that event is the journal of Captain Baltimore who saved a small colony of people, then tried to burn his own written words before his death. Living by half-guessed truths of the scorched journal, Portla officials forbid anyone to seek information about the time of Before lest it invite the same demise upon them. When disaster strikes in the town, Hickorys father then becomes a complicated hero by using a forbidden apparatus from the time of Before to save the life of the Council Elders granddaughter. The town is suddenly in the midst of controversial change. Hickorys anxious desire to be trusted with his fathers secrets grows stronger each day, and he hopes to be able to prove to him that he shares passion for knowledge of Before. Standing up to the taunts of the bully Tread Martin and his cronies, Hickory gets a taste of what it will be like to be a rebel against the mainstream of belief. In the midst of this change, Hickory stumbles into the cave of the Eidolon. She is an apparition from one thousand years before, still cleaning the restrooms in a hill that used to be a building. As she casually mentions tantalizing clues to the time of Before, Hickory holds on to the experiences like precious stones that he can hand to his knowledge-seeking father as proof that he is worthy. Telling no one but his best friends Abacus and Quantum, and seeking advice from Pestle, the old Lamia of the woods, Hickory feels that his world is twisting in ways he had never imagined.