(From the publisher):
Steven Taylor is bored. As assistant manager at the First National Bank of Idaho Springs in Colorado he finds most days tiresome, he's marking time in the foothills and waiting for opportunity to come calling. A new romance inspires him - but not as much as his unexpected discovery of a sealed 135 year old safe deposit box he finds wading through a basement full of old ledgers. Finding the key is difficult, but nit as arduoud as deciding whether he should breach the bank's code of ethics and use it.
And when Steven does succumb to his overwhelming curiosity he finds far more than he could ever have anticipated - not least a portal to the mysterious world of Eldarn. Drawn inexorably into the land filled with magic and mysticism Steven and his roommate, Mark Jenkins, discover Eldarn is wild and beautiful, rich in culture and traditions - and oppressed by Nerak, a monstrous dictator with a lust for power.
As they search for a path back to Colorado, the pair join forces with Eldarni partisans struggling to battle the ancient evil behind Nerak's reign of terror.And all too soon they discover the fate of Eldarn hinges on them - and their ability to find a way home.
Original title: The Hickory Staff
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Sword and Sorcery
Fiction→ Fantasy→ Alternate and Parallel Worlds