Giels may be expecting an easy, comfortable life, but his friends want adventure. Erikal, one of his closest, builds a vehicle that takes them to the depths of the fabled and forbidden Underworld--where gods and souls of the dead dwell. And beautiful Cleo, the girl Giels seems destined to marry, encourages Erikal.

Disquieted after his first encounter down below, Giels spurns his friends to focus on his future honorable role as their tribe’s Lead Storyteller. But wait. Something...a message? drawing Giels to the depths too.

Why have they gone? Why would they return? Why is the place so different than described in the ancient stories? 

Why is it all so much like a machine?