Jack Disor was in the honour roll, president of the school book club, and voted most likely to topple a thousand-year-old empire.
While procrastinating at the start of the school year, Jack stumbles upon a ruin that opens to the world of Zajitar. Awestruck at first by its man-eating unicorns and industrialized theocracy, he soon realizes he can’t find a way back to Earth.
Jack causes a commotion for appearing through the ruin, which at this point was only used by peasants in Zajitar to hang laundry. Tevarya, a magical old woman who can control dirt, is intrigued by the peculiar stranger and promises to help him get home. The catch: he has to join her small band of magical outcasts in a war against the ruthless, militant Therador Empire.
Before Jack can argue that he has no powers outside of long division and diagraming sentences, he begins to magnetize random objects and burn down a forest while asleep. Tevarya is not at all surprised by this, and the magical outcasts gain a bit of misplaced confidence despite being greatly outnumbered by their technologically-advanced enemy. But when the Therador Empire learns that Jack is from the ‘mythical’ world of Earth, the war suddenly becomes all about him.