by Peter C. Conrad
It was a warm summer day when ten-year-old Paul and his sister, eight-year-old Jenny were asked to go to their grandfather’s large house that stood along the river surrounded by woods. It was large, old, and separated from the rest of the town.
Paul and Jenny discovered a large den in their grandfather’s house with walls covered in bookshelves, old paintings that they had never seen before, African carvings, strange rocks, crowns, swords, models, and fossils.
Their grandfather told them that they were members of the Collectors Club—a group that retrieved things from history that would be lost so that they could be placed in a place and time where it will be saved for all.
A powerful field book that he used during his own travels would take them anywhere they wanted to be. By opening the book during their travels they could get advise about how to be safe. Once they had found what they had been sent to get they could open the field book to a marked page they would be in their grandfather’s den. If the book was ever lost or taken away, and once it was over twenty feet away from the two, they would be transported back to their grandfather’s den with the field book.