There stood the man who had said he was a retired scientist.
"Come in, greenhorn."
He scrutinised Peter closely.
"Yes, I'm sure you're The One. When I took you to my cave that day and something intervened before my master could assess you I was sure of it. Only The One could have given all that trouble. That uncle of yours ... for all his so-called wisdom he''s nothing but a fool." He regarded Peter thoughtfully. "I wonder ..." he said softly, as though to himself.
Peter suddenly felt as though something touched his brain--something loathsome and slimy.
When Peter comes to stay with his dead mother's twin sister and her husband while his stepfather is away on business, he is immediately plunged into a chain of frightening and bizarre events that can't possibly have anything to do with him--an ordinary, somewhat solitary boy. But then, is he really so ordinary? Is his new-found uncle as ordinary as he at first appears? As for the retired scientist, what ordinary man has powers like his?