A dreadful warning breaks into Will Stanton’s peaceful summer: The Dark is rising in its last and greatest bid to control the world. Will–last-born of the immortal Old Ones, dedicated to keeping the world safe from the force of evil–must join forces with his ageless master Merriman along with Bran, the Welsh boy whose destiny ties him to the Light. Drawn into the conflict are the three Drew children, who are mortal, but have their own vital part in the story.

These six fight fear and death in the darkly brooding Welsh hills, in a quest through time and space that touches the most ancient myths of the British Isles, and that brings Susan Cooper’s masterful sequence of novels to a satisfying close.