Miles Draven blames his birth parents for the problems in his life: classmates who torment him, sixteen years of rejection by foster families, and interminable loneliness. Despite his anger, he clings to an old photograph of his parents and two engraved, marble-sized glass orbs they entrusted to him the night of his birth—the same night they abandoned him. Miles hopes these objects will one day lead him back to his family and the answers he seeks. Those answers, however, defy all reason.
When assassins murder Miles’ foster family and target him, a mysterious young man named Matthias thwarts the gunmen and ushers him to safety. There he unveils irrefutable evidence that he’s both Miles’ father and a time traveler. No longer safe in his own time, Miles travels with his father back to 1863 where he’s finally reunited with his family. But all is not well. He soon learns of the bloody treachery that not only led to his untimely rescue from the future but also jeopardizes their mission to defeat an ancient evil that threatens the unwritten future of mankind.