1881, Scotland. The desperately melancholy existence of Roderick Burns becomes hopeful as his infatuation with a red-haired girl from the neighboring estate inspires a globe-spanning quest for the fate of Roderick's missing father. Along with maverick archeologist/explorer David Hathaway, the disturbingly haunted Sissyfuss, and the lonesome adventurer Col. Julius T. Corbin, Roderick sets out on the strangest journey of his life. Pursued by the amorous intentions of his half-sister Trsae, who is under the tutelage of the dark sorcerer Otto, Roderick must survive an oceanic crossing aboard a vessel of damned souls, brave the ancient tunnels and canals of a hidden subterranean world, endure the Patagonian horrors of the southern Andes, and face what grim legacy may wait for him in icy Antarctic wastelands.|
Roderick's desire to return triumphant to the girl he loves may be his undoing. For mature readers!