Tommy Travers opens up a book to get lost in its pages. His favorite places are in the stories he reads, and his best friends are the characters inside. He doesn't need anybody else. With books Tommy can do anything, even forget about the father that abandoned him years ago--until, on his fifteenth birthday, he's actually pulled inside.
Suddenly the very stories of wizards, warriors, battles and beasts he once escaped into are now what Tommy tries to escape from. He can hardly stay alive, much less be the hero he always pictured himself as. By each story's end he experiences more than he ever could reading a book. But the danger only grows when Tommy accidentally brings a powerful curse back into the real world with him.