In this second adventure in the Pendragon Quartet, readers find 14-year-old Bobby Pendragon traveling through the "flume" to Cloral with his Uncle Press, in pursuit of Saint Dane. This waterworld with a vague Australian/Atlantis air will likely intrigue fans who enjoyed the aquatic world of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the teamwork escape aspect of Journey to the Center of the Earth. Bobby is still uncertain about what happened to his family after he was recruited as a "Traveler," a heroic role that first pitted him against the shapechanging monster, Saint Dane, in the series' debut, The Merchant of Death. It's a radically different life from that of junior high student in Stony Brook, Conn., where his friends Mark and Courtney eagerly await the journals in which he updates them with the latest events from various colorful "Territories." In the fabled city of Faar, beneath the waves, Bobby meets Spader, who is also a Traveler, and quickly becomes his first mate.
Efforts to find the location of Pi-Ramesse, an eight square-mile settlement built by the 19th Dynasty of Egypt Pharaoh Ramesses II in the northernmost region of Egypt. Its location and the reasons it disappeared have long been a mystery, and an apparent `find' in the 1940s turned out to be bogus. As this documentary reveals, a team of archaeologists and experts have now uncovered new evidence that pinpoints exactly where the city once stood, revealed its vast size and pieced together the extraordinary story of why it disappeared.