On the bloodied and scarred shoulders of thirteen-year-old Cletis Dungarvan rests the fate of the entire world. Yet only those closest to the boy-Traveler realize this. Now torn from his parents and left painfully alone to bring to pass the fulfillment of the second prophecy, Cletis is hurled headlong into a realm of massive beasts; beings alive, yet dead, yet alive; and a gloriously enchanting Tree. In this ancient world, Cletis is compelled to comprehend more deeply his true identity--not only as a Traveler and Shape-shifter, but as a Breathcaster and Guardian, as well. Yet at what price?