The last summer before college should be a time to relax and enjoy freedom. But when Dara's father turns to the secret science of alchemy in order to develop a revolutionary renewable power source, disaster threatens their quiet rural community. His power conduits reach into mystic underground places, stealing light and energy from the realm of Faerie, the home of elves. He releases ravenous shadow-creatures from an even deeper land. When he uses the stolen cup of the goddess Ceridwen to deal with the waste products his process creates, he poisons the land of elves. Electricity behaves strangely. Earthquakes are rampant. Hungry shadow-creatures prowl the earth.