Nathaniel develops an instant dislike for their new home. Not to mention his new school, Three North, stinks due to it's proximity to an abbatior. He may have a point, however, for things are far from [[TownWithADarkSecret right in Cheshunt]]. The seemingly pleasant and peaceful town hides a growing but indefinable threat. It's citizens are cowed into obedience, it's students discouraged from expressing any acts of individualism; the police and governing bodies are all under the control of the school's rather creepy headmaster Mister Karle, and teachers have some [[ForeShadowing frankly disturbing ideas about ants being a higher lifeform than humans]]. A long time ago, the town was the site of an act so terrible that it's aftereffects have permanently "bruised" the earth, and the shadows of malevolence still echo into the present day. Several decades earlier an attempt was made to quench the evil once and for all. It didn't turn out well, and now the cycle of evil is reaching its peak once again.
Three North's students are "encouraged" to join a local youth club named [[TitleDrop The Gathering]] which of course, is also not what it seems.
Within weeks of arriving, Nathaniel stumbles on a meeting of three students from Three North; Danny Odin, Indian Mahoney and Nissa Jerome. A fourth member, Seth Paul, a school prefect, is not present. The group is known as The Chain, and they tell Nathaniel they have been brought together by the "forces of light" to fight against the deep evil in Cheshunt heralded by Mr. Karle (whom they refer to as "The Kraken"). When Nathanial is caught and questioned by The Chain, they are all informed by the group's prophetic guide, Lallie, that Nathaniel has chosen to answer "The Call". He is the final of the chosen members of their clan, and his arrival heralds the beginning of their battle. They must find and obtain several [[MacGuffin symbols]] which will be essential in their task to "Heal the sorrowing earth" and restore balance to Cheshunt. But before they're able to do that they need to face up to the darkness inside each of them, and The Kraken, not to mention most of the town, are all rising up in force against them.
Three North's students are "encouraged" to join a local youth club named [[TitleDrop The Gathering]] which of course, is also not what it
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