Dirk – according to his own account – is the earthly incarnation of a Dark Lord, supreme ruler of the Darklands and leader of great armies of orcs and warriors, intent on destruction and bloody devastation.

Following a colossal final battle between the forces of good and evil, the Dark Lord was defeated and hurled by his arch-foe’s spells into the Pit of Uttermost Despair. At the bottom of the Pit lies… a supermarket car park in the municipal town of Whiteshields, somewhere in modern day England.

And when he is found, and tries to explain that he is the Dark Lord, people think he means Dirk Lloyd. The fact that he’s trapped in the puny body of a schoolboy doesn’t help.

Escaping his captors, Cal goes on the run, determined to fight the forces behind the nightmare he finds waiting for him in the real world, and to discover his true identity.

When Yann appears on Helen’s doorstep she helps him even though she’s not exactly a vet and he’s definitely not a horse.

But an injured centaur is just the beginning… Helen’s first aid kit comes in very handy when she meets Yann’s friends – a dragon, a fairy and a phoenix – who have a habit of getting into trouble.

Together they must solve riddles, fight fauns and defeat the dangerous Master of the Maze before midwinter and the end of the world.