Samuel and Marthaas new life with their aunt Eda in Norway is filled with rules, but most important is rule number nine: NEVERaUNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCESa GO INTO THE FOREST. Sure, their uncle Henrik disappeared in the forest ten years ago, but it canat be the forestas faulta]can it? Samuel is skeptical until he finds an unusual book, The Creatures of Shadow Forest, which describes the fantastic and sinister creatures supposedly living there. Could Aunt Eda be right? Samuel discovers the truth about the forestas dangerous secrets when Martha becomes lost in the forest, and itas up to him to save her.