Kirito awakens in a vast, fantastical forest filled with towering trees. In his search for clues to the truth of his surroundings, he encounters a young boy who seems to kw him. He ought to be a simple NPC, but the depth of his emotions seem different than a human. As they search for the boy's parents, Kirito finds a peculiar memory returning to him. A memory from his own childhood, of this boy and a girl, too, with golden hair, and a name he should have never forgotten - Alice.
Reki Kawahara is an award winning author best known for his light novel series, Sword Art Online and Accel World.