Artifacts. Miseries. Mysteries...
From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus — a sign with his own name on it — everything changes. The sighting leads him underground, to the House of Answers, a hidden warehouse full of mysterious objects. But there he finds only questions. What is this curious place? Who are the strange, secretive people who entrust him with a rare and immensely powerful gift? And what is he to do with it?
Horace quickly discovers that nothing is ordinary anymore. From the sinister man lurking around every corner to the gradual mastery of his newfound abilities to his encounters with Chloe — a girl who has an astonishing talent of her own — Horace follows a path that puts him in the middle of a centuries-old conflict.
Horace’s journey leads him and Chloe deep into a place where every decision they make could have disastrous consequences. Most important, it links Horace to the Box of Promises and a future he never saw coming.
With an action-packed blend of science fiction and fantasy, Ted Sanders creates a world where everything is more than it seems and where friendship and loyalty have the greatest power of all.
Ted Sanders is the author of the short story collection No Animals We Could Name (Graywolf Press, 2012), winner of the 2011 Bakeless Prize for Fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including the Southern Review, Confrontation, the Georgia Review, the Gettysburg Review, and The O. Henry Prize Stories anthology. A recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship, he lives with his family in Urbana, Illinois, and teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.