Before he became St. Nick (aka Santa), Nicholas St. North was a daredevil swordsman and a notorious bandit who sought treasure and adventure wherever he could find it. And that's why Nicholas has ended up in the village of Santoff Claussen, the magical Siberian town that's said to be home to the greatest treasure in the East. But all is not well in Santoff Claussen. After a thousand years of imprisonment, Pitch the Nightmare King and his dreaded Fearlings have escaped, and they are determined to poison the dreams of children everywhere. Now Nicholas is teaming up with Santoff Claussen's powerful wizard on a quest to find the five ancient relics that will destroy Pitch and his Fearlings once and for all. Can Nicholas's famed fighting abilities (and an army of yetis) help him defeat Pitch in a fierce battle through the Himalayas? This epic fantasy adventure is the first book in the Guardians series, a chapter-book counterpart to William Joyce's bestselling Guardians of Childhood picture book series.