My name is ARTHUR KAGE and I have a secret. I spent a month in the forbidden forest the other survivors call the NULLWOOD.
ANNA says the Nullwood appeared the night after the skies fell. Anna is a frail girl with glasses who is confined to a wheelchair. She has a secret, too; a friend who looks like a fox but… isn’t. I help her keep her secret, and she helps me keep mine. The other survivors would kill me if they knew I had been in the Nullwood. They are very afraid of that black forest, and fear makes people dangerous.
I don’t have many memories of the night the skies fell, except that it is the last night I saw my mother. I don’t have many memories of my time in the Nullwood either, except for what I see when I dream. In dreams, I see a shadow bear amid the gnarled black trees, and I see a mysterious flame. I don’t know what any of it means but…
I have to find my mother.
I have to go back into the Nullwood.