The story is told in the limited first person by Morgan, a 13-year-old First Nations teenager who has, during her short life, lived in a variety of white foster homes in Manitoba. Two months into her newest placement, she gains a younger foster brother, a quiet and artistic 12-year-old Cree boy named Eli. Morgan and Eli feel disconnected at home, don’t fit in at school, and barely get along with each other. So, it isn’t surprising that when they discover a portal that leads, Narnia-like, to a magical world beyond, they have very different ideas about what to do. Eli, recognizing an affinity for what lies ahead, is eager to explore, while Morgan, seeing only potential pitfalls in the unknown, prefers to stay put in the real world.