Eleven-year-old Thomas Hammond is in for the ride of his life when he's swept downstream and underground aboard a crumbling raft of Styrofoam. Washing up on a dark subterranean " beach, " his only companions are an impulsive dog named Argus and a corpse, from which he takes a flashlight and an all-too-limited supply of batteries. What Tom finds under Leepike Ridge-a castaway, four graves, a tomb, and buried treasure-will answer questions he hadn't known to ask and change his life forever. Now, if he can only find his way home again....
An original mix of "Robinson Crusoe, King Solomon's Mines, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, "and "The Odyssey," N. D. Wilson's first book for young readers is a remarkable adventure, a journey though the dark of the grave and back out into the light.
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