After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
A baker's apprentice and a knight join forces to defeat the evil chancellor of the magic kingdom of the sick King Lesketh. They also save a damsel from forced marriage to a cruel prince. A debut in fiction and first volume in a trilogy.