The McGunnegals are all strange, and it has been that way for generations. They are too strong, or too fast, or too smart, and odd things happened when they are around. The neighbors say they are witches or devils, or have been snatched by changelings. Mothers hold their children close when they walk by, fearing they might catch the McGunnegal strangeness. But misfortune besets them when their mother, Ellie, disappears, followed by their crazy grandfather, but not before he reveals a family secret to Colleen...
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The strangeness of the McGunnegals continues to unfold as Colleen begins to glimpse the latent power of the ancient bloodline that runs true in her veins. Frederick also has something within him - the poison of the Goblin Phage that threatens to transform him into one of the hideous creatures of the night. He must leave Colleen in this strange land in order to save himself, and to seek the help of a long-dead king back in the world of Men.
Twists and turns, dead goblin armies and giants, cracks in the universe, phantasms, wishing wells, and tons of high adventure, carry Colleen and Frederick far apart and back together again. Through time and space and between worlds they travel until they encounter the ancient Witch that has ruled the Strange Land into which they have fallen. They find her to be someone totally unexpected.