Fleeing the Castle that resembled the Bathyscape Manor and its Guest, our Fools must now find an Orb Loc for safety upon Archibald the rabbit’s urging.
Will they brave the Carpathian Mountains to the North, or will they hope to lose their pursuer in the gardens to the South?
Into the woods Vidar and Vera accompany Ilya, their daughter and the others, hoping to find a place they can deem sanctuary. Lead by Archie, Ilya’s rabbit which has now become bipedal and intelligent, the gathered find themselves moving deep into the woods and meeting its strange denizens. A great Catterpillar is found, smoking its pipe, as it offers information on where to go next. Its instructions enigmatic and its interests strange, the Catterpillar only agrees to be of assistance after Vidar offers it some of his fine tobacco.
Soon the group navigates a massive garden, climbs a tree to see their destination, and makes there way to what may be the location of the Orb Loc.
However, back in the real world, a Jesuit priest named Geoff and another Alyss named Mava find themselves drawn as well to the world behind the mirror. Initially hoping to find the missing worker and his son who never reemerged from Vera’s home (the man who delivered the mirror), the two soon find themselves an audience to reflections with a mind of their own. And when they cross to the other side, a world of fear, insanity and strange eccentric abandon.
Vidar, Vera, and Ilya eventually meet a kind old witch who lived in a hut, and Vera attempted to charm her way into subtly intimidating the woman to help them. The woman, however, it seems has her own secrets given her concern over Ilya and her familiarity with Vera. When the hosts of threats descend upon them, the witch and the others fight for their lives to keep the vampires from overwhelming them. But it is Ilya, who somehow learns and is able to steer the mobile hut, who carries them away from the threats and crashes them into the vicinity of the Orb Loc. There, while the group nurses their injuries and recovers from their ordeal, is where Geoff and Mava eventually find them and gather as a single group.