Enter Arkamish, a savage and beautiful land surrounded by the Sea of Tears and divided between the Deep Forest, Ice Plains, and Spirit Mountains. Three brothers, guided by the ghosts of their parents and an old ballad, travel across Arkamish toward the City of the Spirits. They hope the two legendary Great Spirits, Shetvan and Hacea, will listen to them and avoid the growing hunter's snare of a civil war between the rebels and the Spirits. But before they arrive, Wilder, the youngest, is shanghaied by the charming Hacea. Eventually, Wilder learns from his captor, who is t everything she appears to be, his true identity, his power, and how he must save his kingdom. On his quest from cub to wolf, Wilder must escape a bear, battle a dragon, fall in love, experience betrayal, anger, and sorrow, discover what he truly believes in, and realize how far he is willing to go to save his world. Katie Cruickshank is thirteen years old. Her first vel, Spirit Quest, began as a short story in a tebook at a friend's eighth birthday party before growing into a debut. She lives with her parents, four older brothers, and dog Dakota in Rockford, Michigan.