Lee is a normal nine-year-old boy...or so he thinks.
On Fourth of July, a crazy neighbor shoots a coyote outside his house. As Lee approaches the body, he notices war paint smeared across the animal’s face. Before the coyote dies, he speaks with a human voice, whispering, "Sister Raven." Lee’s world is blown to pieces.
Lee discovers that the forest behind his house is a gateway to Mid Country, a world of talking animals and ancient spirits. There, the lonely boy befriends a warrior raccoon and a girl with a maze of tattoos that tell an ancient story. He is also hunted by a tribe of demons known as Ashmen. They were once honorable warriors but became feral beasts with beautiful faces after selling their souls to the Goddess of Fear. The Ashmen believe that they can free their mistress from banishment by devouring Lee’s flesh.
In our world, Lee’s father abandons the family. With their money dwindling, the boy and his mother are on the verge of becoming homeless. Determined to save their house, Lee searches for a treasure hidden in Mid Country’s forbidden territory and in doing so uncovers a conspiracy that goes back to the beginning of time.
Will Lee and his mother end up on the streets?
Will Lee become a ritual sacrifice to the Ashmen's goddess?
And will he finally discover who Sister Raven really is?
Imagine if Calvin and Hobbes were written by Neil Gaiman.
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