The day wasn't going very well for Seth. The Jackal, his personal tormenter, had discovered shelter 17, one of Seth's hideaways at Stony Brook Middle School. Fleeing from her into a neighboring park, Seth somehow managed to step into another world entirely, where, in addition to losing himself, he also managed to lose his shadow. How was that even possible?Despite not knowing where he was or how to get back (with or without his shadow), Seth was nevertheless tasked by disreputable-looking giant named El with finding and helping to rescue a maiden. And now, worst of all, there was a vicious beast chasing him. Except, of course, that wasn't true.The worst was still to come. ...