OLIVIA SAUNDERS lives at 31 Dossle Way in the Town of Pleasanton, a most wonderful and stupendous place. But things go astray with the arrival of a strange boy named Edgar Trunk, who appears to have only his sparsest wits intact (and certainly no decency).

EVEN LARGER MYSTERIES abound, such as why her mangy mutt Feebles is so restless, why her sinks have been stopped up with inky black dots that crawl away, why the things in her town are beginning to disintegrate as though made of dust, and why strangest of all, the day is getting shorter, and creatures that come out at night are stirring.

THE ANSWER perhaps lies with the unusually dark Norclock Tower at the top of town and the strange ideas of one Edgar Trunk, her only guest in 11 years.

THIS SERIES pushes the question: What if we as a civilization gave up on the Earth, and the Earth one day gave up on us? What would we do? What would... become? Somewhere in the aftermath, we have Edgar at 10 years old, clueless, clouded in mystery, but not for long.

JASON O. SILVA is currently at work on The Tale of Edgar Trunk: Book 3.

READ THIS IF YOU LIKE ... Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events, Percy Jackson and the Olympians by RIck Riordan, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.