An enchanting book set in a world where the odd is the ordinary evil has many faces and love is the most powerful magic of them all. Twelve-year-old Grubb lives a hand-to-mouth existence in Victorian England working as a chimney sweep under a cruel master. After an incident at an inn he hides in the trunk of one of its guests the enigmatic Alistair Grim and is whisked away to his Odditorium a wonderful flying house full of incredible mechanical features powered by an enigmatic substance called animus. Now apprenticed to Grim Grubb begins to settle into his new life and find a new family in the eccentric crew of the Odditorium when suddenly his new world comes under attack by the evil Prince Nightshade and he is propelled into a perilous quest. As he gets caught up in the struggle Grubb will learn valuable lessons and discover remarkable secrets about himself and his new host.