BOOK 1: ESCAPE!
Read the whole of Chapter 1!
The story begins when Tam and Nina return home to find that their parents have been taken prisoner and their house taken over by wolf-soldiers. The wolves pursue them into the woods. Nina and Tam escape, but they may freeze to death when it starts snowing.
Their only hope is to join up with the Free Folk. On their way through Eld Forest, they come upon a deserted monastery.
Only one monk still lives there, Brother Ambril. But can he be trusted? And what sort of magic makes him such a successful hunter of rabbits?
When Tam and Nina continue on in search of the Free Folk, they now have the company of Berkiss de Berkin Berissimo Bort. In spite of the name, he’s a leather belt which Tam wears round his waist. But no ordinary belt!
They come to the Free Folk’s hideout, the great lump of rock called the Bluff, but they can’t find a way to get in. And now the wolves have caught up with them—a whole battalion of soldiers.
They’re spotted and trapped … the situation looks hopeless. Nina tries to escape by climbing up the cliff-like side of the Bluff.
"Coming Home" (all of Chapter 1)
"Meeting Brother Ambril"