Before the walls went up...there were adventures. Follow young Thomas Warvold and his brother Roland as they journey through Elyon, discovering new mysteries, new challenges, and new magical creatures that will change the course of their fate...and the fate of their land. From a humble and unexplained childhood in a very strange orphanage to a series of fearless escapes to a quest full of riddles and exploration, Thomas and Roland find that their identity — and the mysterious tattoos on their knees — are linked to a much greater history than they ever would have guessed. One brother, Thomas, is destined for adventure on land, while the other brother, Roland, is destined for adventure on sea. But before this happens, they must journey into the mist...and find the truth about both their past and their future.<br />In this book from The Land of Elyon series, Roland tells Alexa about his time at cruel Madame Vickers's House on the Hill. After escaping a life of picking through garbage, the boys use mysterious symbols on their knees to conquer the Wakefield House and meet Sir Alistair, who enlightens them about their past.