Eight children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Eight flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts -- a wolf, a fox, a leopard, a panther, a panda, a snow leopard, a horse, a falcon and a owl. Suddenly the paths of these children -- and the world -- have been changed forever. Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have summoned a spirit animal, an uncommon bond formed between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force and forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of eight young strangers . . . and on you.