On the sunless planet Eden, 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where the light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. Young John Redlantern will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family, and change history. He will abandon the old ways, venture into the Dark… and discover the truth about their world.