For Paul, the dangers are immediate. He is recognized as an outsider and accused of being an enemy of the Spellbinders. Paul is saved by a courageous girl, Riana, who gives him refuge in her village.
When Paul discovers that the Spellbinders use science and not magic, he realizes that they are his only hope of getting home. But Ashka, a ruthless Spellbinder, wants to use his knowledge to gain control of her world.
Paul befriends Correon, an old Spellbinder, who understands the threat that Paul's knowledge presents. Using Riana's physical skill and Paul's modern know-how, the three outwit Ashka and Paul finds his way home. In order to save Riana's life, Paul has to drag her into his world. Now Riana, who grew up in a closed rustic community, must contend with the chaos and complexity of our modern world. Her confrontations with technology are both amusing and frightening.
To make matters worse, the Spellbinder Ashka finds a way into our world. She tricks Paul's father into helping her combine Spellbinder technology with our science to make her invincible.
The challenge of defeating Ashka requires all of Paul and Riana's courage and ingenuity.