In the timeless shadows of the mines, distant screams glide across rock walls worn by running water and groping hands. Here where the sunlight never reaches, the picking of axes and dragging of chains is met by the wails of new slaves and the dying of the old. The guards' words echo off the walls as if from the dark heart of the mountain itself, crushing any hope of freedom: You are nothing here! You have no power and no chance of escape. But for two tenacious captives- Decklen, a young man coping with the mistakes of his past, and Camberly, a feisty ten-year-old orphan- escape from the mines is not a dream; it is their reality. However, they must go back; they must free others from that debilitating darkness. But how can Decklen face the nightmare of the mines again? Returning to his hometown defeated, penniless, and desperate, Decklen resolves to seek help from the only man strong enough to provide it- the elder of Leonesse. When he pleads his case to the elder, Decklen is not offered access to the town's resources as he had hoped. Instead, he is presented with an invitation- an offer to begin a quest to unlock eight scrolls and learn the secrets therein. But to do so, Decklen must find each key. Could it be that this quest will prepare him for the dangers ahead?
Scotty Sanders has been leading organizations for thirty years, first as a CEO for a multimillion-dollar company and then as an executive for a nonprofit organization with over 150 employees and seven thousand members. Scotty has been recognized as the Louisiana Entrepreneur of the Year, Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year, and has been noted in trade magazines for his success in the business world. Scotty is a sought-after speaker for a variety of venues-Fortune 500 companies, school systems, hospitals, statewide organizations, large nonprofits, and many churches. He is also an author of books, training materials, and published articles.