The day isn't going well for Seth. The Jackal, his personal tormenter, has discovered shelter 17, one of Seth's hideaways at Stony Brook Middle School. Fleeing into a neighboring park, Seth somehow steps into another world, where, in addition to losing himself, he also manages to lose his shadow.Despite not knowing where he is or how to get back (with or without his shadow), Seth is nevertheless tasked by disreputable-looking giant named El to find and help rescue a maiden. And now, worst of all, there is a vicious beast chasing him. Except, of course, that isn't true.The worst is still to come. ...