A 16 year old boy who as a child was enchanted by his grandfather’s tales of growing up in war torn Poland, winding up at an orphanage of children with unique gifts and then going off to kill monsters. As he grows older, he begins to think his grandfather’s tales were simply fantasies told to fascinate him as a child but when he finds his grandfather after a vicious attack, he starts to think perhaps the stories may not have been made up after all.
This story pulls together seemingly mismatched historical elements and weaves them into something entirely intriguing. Everything from a remote island to a shifting timeline comes into play. Riggs adds even more intrigue by lacing the book with vintage photos matching the characters in the book. According to the notes, the photos are real; found by collectors.