Twelve-year-old Tom Elm, his raccoon friend Roderick, Percival, Abbey, and Barclay Bone, warrior priest Randolf, and forest woman Lorimar join in a quest to find the pieces of the Spark that can save Dreaming--and the Waking World--from a Darkness created by the Nacht.
Now that they are reunited, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone plan to return home, but Phoney Bone risks everything on a get-rich-quick scheme and it all goes wrong. Plus, a war is brewing and Fone Bone helps his new friends to defend their idyllic valley from a formidable enemy.
Lucius, Smiley and Phoney are attacked by rat creatures in the forrest, barely making it to Lucius' tavern. At the farm, Fone Bone and Thorn are having strange dreams and Gran'ma Ben suddenly begins revealing long-kept secrets and new dangers.
As Barrelhaven prepares for war, Fone Bone, Thorn, and Gran'ma Ben have an encounter with the leader of the rat creatures, Kindgok. To make things worse, Phoney convinces the townspeople that he's a dragonslayer and that dragons are their biggest threat.