In this book, we still hear and learn a little about Eddie, Susannah and Roland's past. This book also talks alot about ka, a kind of fate. Eddie starts carving, although he doesn't know what or what for. Roland tells them of a story he heard about the world when he was young. Roland is having trouble, slowly going crazy, and this brings us back to Jake from the first and second books. There are many mini stories in this book and a couple issues you will only notice the importance of in later books. Roland brings Jake back into his world and the four of them, five if you count Oy, who befriends Jake and is a billy-bumbler, somewhat like a racoon in our world, set off on their course. Jake is kidnapped by the Tick tock man and Gasher, and later they all have to ride on an isane homicidal train, Blaine. Blaine loves mind bending riddles and they have to stump him to survive, according to Blaine. They pass through and over many scary and desolute towns on the train and they all try to stump him.
This book can get kind of caught up in all the details at times, but it is a good visual book and very enjoyable.