An urban fantasy, runner up for the Carnegie Medal on its original publication.
On a gloomy day in Manchester, Roland, Helen, Nicholas and David are lured into a ruined church, where the fabric of time and place is weak enough to allow them into the twilight world of Elidor. It is a place almost destroyed by fear and darkness, and the children are charged with guarding its treasures while a way is sought to save the dying land.
Then the evil forces find a path through to this world . . .