Pandoron has found that people mock him, patronize him, and refuse to take him seriously because he believes violence to be the root of all evils. No one, not even his parents, believe that his pacifism is useful, or in fact anything more than annoying. Then Pandoron is incriminated and forced to meet a woman named Agatha. Imperious and manipulative, Agatha pulls Pandoron into a cold-blooded plot of kidnapping and magic. And as Pandoron is trying to understand who - or what - Agatha really is, he sees that true value has always resided in his ability to stand out. A fourteen year-old boy, Pandoron Chivander begins to see life in everything - mirrors, books, even typewriters. But most importantly, statues.