When twelve-year-old Cletis Dungarvan meets the feared hag of the forest in an initiation prank gone awry, to his surprise magical, unexplainable events start to happen. These events lead the hag to believe that Cletis is the boy destined to fulfill the prophecy written on a wooden box she has had in her family for over a thousand years. Despite his best efforts to avoid the dangers associated with the hag, and simply spend a summer playing baseball with the local sandlot team, Cletis is thrown headlong into a labyrinth of ancient prophecy, time travel, and magic . . . as well as a revelation of his true identity.