This story was fantastic. This is the first in a series of 3 books that Robert's will write about the mystical place called Hawkins Hollow. While the full story is touched upon, this is really about Cal's part. Each of the main characters (Cal, Fox & Gage) will have a book it appears. Each will find his counterpart in his portion of the trilogy to aid in a quest to save a town and it's people from a darkness from centuries ago. A darkness the boys (at the age of 10) inadvertently set free to roam. This story is how Cal meets the female half of his whole and the person who can aid him in his quest in this the final showdown with the darness that shall take place in the coming Summer (July). This particular story tells Cal's story of the incident at age 10, touches on his current life and how the woman comes to be a part of the quest. During the book, we will meet Fox, Gage and the two other women who are their halves (to be told in the next two books) and the story is told in bits and pieces as they all come to work together as it is realized what they must do and why it is them who must do it. Cal's story is 1987 and 2008. The sequel will be Fox's story and it starts in 1994 and then will move to 2008 (after all, they are all in Cal's book in 2008). It is likely (but I cannot say for sure) that Gage's story will be the 2001 & 2008 portions that will climax with the final battle that is touched upon in this book when the 6 wander in the woods at the end of this book. I loved the book. The story unfolds and one can picture each distinct person in the book - the boys at age 10 seem clear and as men of 30 nearing the final showdown. The sign of seven is really thoughfully brought out. The boys share a common birthday 7/7/77. They free the spirit on their 10th birthday. For 7 days the town is mass hysteria. The events change in manner and scope but every 7 years the same type of events occur - only growing stronger. My only disappointment in the book is that I read it at all. And ONLY because I wish to be able to read the other two immediately following. Fox's story is not due out for another 3 months and I imagine Gage's will not be out until late 2008 or in 2009. That is MUCH too LONG to wait to finish this series. This is a great book - one recommended for purchase and keeping for another read - perhaps right before the second installment is issued in May 2008.