Joby is not your average boy. Homeless, destitute, and without friends, his past is a mystery even to him. With a magical staff and a fast hand, he roams the desert city of Terron with his only friend, a stray dog named Scratch. Every day is one of survival. Every day is the same. Until one night . . .
When breaking up a fight to help a lowly beggar escape his assailant, the mysterious scar on Joby’s right hand begins to glow blue. Narrowly escaping the aggressor in the fight, Joby finds he has messed with a man possessing dark powers. Determined to understand the origin of his scar, Joby sets out to discover the identity of this sorcerer whose spoken spells made it glow in the dark.