Charlie looked at the picture of the man holding a baby, and heard the man’s voice in his head. The photograph was talking to him. Charlie’s life would never be the same.

But that’s not going to happen. Charlie’s life has changed, and he’s going to have to deal with it. The Yewbeams, his father’s large and ancient family, have always been known for their strange and unusual talents, such as hypnotism, mind-reading and bewitchery, so as strange as his new talent is, it’s not all that unusual in this family. His father’s sisters, who have always looked down on Charlie, are delighted that their nephew is endowed with a supernatural talent, and he’s immediately enrolled in Bloor Academy, the exclusive private school for gifted and endowed children that his father’s family has always gone to. It’s the last place Charlie wants to go, but his father is dead, and his mother’s family has no money. If Charlie doesn’t cooperate with his relatives, he, his mother, and her mother will be homeless. Charlie realizes that he really has no choice. Even though he can’t stand his weird and horrible aunts, and doesn’t want anything to do with them, he has to cooperate.

What adventures await Charlie at Bloor Academy, and what will happen when he discovers the secrets that the school hides? What is so special about the ruined castle, and the Red King who built it? Why at the end of November, do all the students have to play the ruin game, entering the ruin, whether they want to or not? And what happens to the ones who never come out again?