Michael Liddle walked alone into his new school on the first day of a new year. All he wondered about was whether he would make some new friends, fit in with his classmates, and do well enough at his school subjects. Unknown to him, a web of fate and hope had been spun around him long ago that was soon going to ensnare him. He discovered that much of what he thought he knew about himself wasn’t true at all and that secrets about his past had been kept for millennia. Soon, the dreams he had for his new life in Cantonville were to be replaced by others.
A forgotten ancient prophecy from a race of bestial giants who live on a planet at the other end of the galaxy has resurfaced: a prophecy concerning the Chosen and the Cast-Out and an approaching dark force that now threatens more than one interstellar civilization.
Salvation of the races in the path of this ominous galactic evil rests on the unlikely shoulders of eleven-year-old Michael Liddle and an elf-like princess of Tiana, a world directly in the path of this impending danger. Whether the prophecy of the Chosen and the Cast-Out applies to these two children is uncertain but what seems sure is that a time of great conflict is imminent and the Chosen and the Cast-Out are called to seek out the “Gift of the Ideema.”
This first book about Michael Liddle tells of how he becomes aware of his true family, the abilities his birth father intended to give him and the manner in which he first meets the princess. Yet as the year unfolds, what Michael learns of who he really is—and each discovery he makes only results in more mysteries—and what his destiny might be, he must keep secret not only from his mother but also from his new school friends. His secret life only adds to the complications he is facing at school with his teachers, two girls who express budding romantic interests in him and a bully who has Michael firmly in his sights.