Atlas is sitting on a bleacher, half asleep, the room is dark except for the stage lights illuminating the man in the middle of the gym. Suddenly, everything disappears and Atlas is falling into a black abyss, hand outstretched as he also vanishes.
He’s lying in field; a shadow crosses over him and Jedidiah appears. Smiling, he offers a hand. Atlas reaches for but recoils it as the wind hits Jedidiah and he shatters into red fragments.
An old mansion stands in the middle of a field. Atlas and his friends are at a table. Colton and Sam are heatedly bickering, only to stop when Allison laughs, falling out of her chair. Elijah antagonizes Chelsea and as she is about to throw a fork at him, there’s a knock on the door grabbing everyone’s attention.
Atlas peers over his chair. The door cracks, then explodes open as a very shy boy is pushed in by a very energetic girl. Following behind them is a tranquil boy and an indifferent girl. Three steps behind them is another boy, with a girl holding tightly to his arm. As they take their seats, Atlas reflects on past moments:
An encounter with cloaked people, a battle with a lizard, a large antique book, a destroyed town, a shy little girl with white hair, and then hundreds of people dressed in a white red-trimmed uniforms . . . His attention snaps back to the present when there is a loud knock at the front door. A postboy hands him a letter, salutes, and vanishes. Everyone gathers around Atlas as he is about to read the letter . . .