Merrie Haskell has created a sophisticated novel set in medieval times that is part fantasy, mystery and religious allegory. 13 year-old Sand wakes up one morning on a fireplace hearth in a castle that has been destroyed by the “Sundering”. He has no idea how he got there and is being held captive by the vicious thorns that surround the castle. Everything in the castle is broken, and there is no food. As he begins to mend, plant, and restore things to their rightful places, the castle begins to revive, a young girl and a falcon are brought back to life, and the mystery of how they all got there and how they will escape begins to reveal itself. Readers who enjoy fantasy fairy tales will like this one!