The Important Person From Far Away Festival is but three days away and everybody in the Splickety Village is busy preparing for the event. Everyone, that is, except teenager Joxey Brownfeather. He has become increasingly preoccupied with his approaching sixteenth birthday, a milestone he is unlikely to pass with his ability to fly intact. Joxey is one of the best flyers the village has ever seen and he loves to soar through the air. But flying is for children and the skill disappears as one becomes a young adult. Joxey seeks the advice of local bookshop owner, Hugh DeGrew, the smartest man in the village. But Hugh has disappeared and instead Joxey finds two photographs in Hugh’s office. One is an aerial picture of the valley. The other is of his mother who died five years previously while on an archaeological expedition in the local mountain. Joxey turns immediately to his sister, Bernie. As the Brownfeathers investigate, events take a terrible turn and the village must fight for its very life. Meanwhile secrets are revealed. Secrets born deep in the mountain, beneath the lowest of the low caves a long, long time ago.