This is the story of Andy, a 13-year-old boy who, after the death of his quirky, unique and much loved grandmother, finds a set of her incense sticks in her old 'props closet'. After casually lighting one, he finds himself instantly transported back in time to an extremely dangerous and historical moment in history. Andy keeps his wits about him and manages to return home unscathed, only to bring his two close friends, Miranda and back with him to another place in time and history. The three friends find themselves imprisoned in a world of slavery, injustice, corruption, and violence. Together they resort to using their talents and strengths to find a survival strategy. It is a story of persevering friendship under the most challenging of circumstances. It is a story of growth and maturity. It was an absolute page-turner. I could not put this book down once I started it.