Two human siblings, Alexis and Barren, 16 and se17 years old, live in a mythical land called Ithaca, where six groups dominate the world: elves, dwarves, gnomes, were-creatures, dragons, and humans. The siblings lead a normal life until it is revealed that a rebellion exists against the humans? tyrannical ruler, the Queen, and they are handed a book that can transport anything through time, making it the most powerful object in Ithaca. Alexis, Barren, and their grandfather Icarus must travel far to reach Karakorum, the rebels? base, to deliver the Book of Time. Along the way, they meet allies and enemies, see things they would never have dreamed of, and experience love, anguish, exhilaration, wounds, and death. The two are loyal, brave, determined, and smart, and Barren possesses a form of magic called Persuasion, while Alexis possesses something even more potent and mysterious. But when there seem to be no mysteries left, when they finally reach Karakorum, Alexis and Barren hear something that would have been better left buried.