On the world of Boad, Bekka and Karro of Thorns, a pair of young hedge-dwellers, dare to leave the tunnels and bowers of home to seek adventure in the Woeful Wanderers’ Wasteland and uncover the lost city of Rumin — a strange choice for members of their clan, who stick close to the hedge and fear open spaces. Karro is known throughout the hedge as a silly clown. Bekka, ever watchful, never chatty, is called Silent Bekka by all. Misfits among their own kind, Bekka and Karro are bonded as dearest friends. Together they speculate about the identity of their parents, a piece of knowledge kept hidden from all hedge-dwellers. Bekka is determined to find the lost underground city of Rumin and to meet her share of mythical creatures, but she is afraid to go alone. She talks Karro into accompanying her, and the two step outside the hedge for the first time in their lives. They have no idea that their journey through the Woeful Wanderers’ Wasteland will uncover a wonderful secret much closer to home.
In her second chronicle, Bekka of Thorns, hedge-dwelling bendo dreen, or bramble dwarf, and her shapeshifting sorceress jrabe best friend Kar journey to break through the Barrier blocking the Danken Wood on the world of Boad. They are on a mission to learn from the legendary lavender witch, the Babba Ja Harick, the true story of how the Carven Flute, or Jo Bree, came to be lost by the witch long before the portals linking Boad to Earth had been sealed. Success brings the two friends to the cottage of the good witch. She reluctantly tells them about the Carven Flute and how she used it to search for her sister, who long ago had fled to Earth down the portal located at the bottom of the Well of Shells. The search proved to be an unhappy success when Babba Ja Harick was guided by the Flute to her sister’s gingerbread cottage deep in a wood. Once there, the good witch realized she had to perform an unthinkable deed to save a pair of younglings. Having heard the story, Bek and Kar, with new clues to follow, undertake a flight to the Wide Great Sea and a visit to the city of jrabes in search of the lost Carven Flute, all to solve one mystery and uncover another one concerning the reopening of the sealed portals to Earth.