Although Nick is an unlikely (and not altogether willing) hero, when strange beings disguised as animals begin to talk to him, what real choice does he have but to listen? They tell him that mankind's collective unconscious is withering and dying, causing rifts to form between conscious reality and the shadow world. As these chasms grow, hostile animated shadows are beginning to leak into physical reality through the cracks. Unless he can seal the rifts, all of reality will be doomed.
Reluctantly, Nick embarks on a surreal journey, encountering nine different animal totems and seeking the aid of a witch, an oracle, and evasive subliminal agents. He clumsily battles against the denizens of shadow as they invade waking reality in a variety of harrowing forms. With a bit of luck, he might even figure out how to win Susan's heart along the way. But will he be able to find a way to close the rift between worlds before it's too late?