by P.W. Catanese
Happenstance awakes in a cavern beneath an active volcano, remembering nothing about himself or his life. When he is rescued by the extraordinary Lord Umber, the irascible Oates, and the mysterious Sophie, he begins a fast-paced adventure full of peril and discovery. As he tries to evade the watchful eyes of the assassin on his trail, will Happenstance discover his true identity--or the real reason that Umber has chosen him? Find out in this first installment in the Books of Umber series.
[Summary from The Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List]