Sam Arthur Tack knew that he was on the threshold of an adventure: the biggest adventure of his life. In fact it was his first adventure, being as he was only twelve years old. He wasn’t to know just how dark and dangerous his adventure would be, but he was still close to tears.
“Be brave, son,” said his father.
His mother had tears rolling down both cheeks. “You make sure you write,” she said. “As soon as you get there.”