It was the threshold place. Far away from the supermarkets and suburbs and freeways. It was a calm and soothing place, where time stood still. He liked to drink the fresh clear water there and feel new strength flow into his body.  It was his place. But Hugh was not alone there. First he heard one voice – then many. Soon he would discover a fabled city, where the people waited for one who would serve a strange quest. They waited for him… Originally published as The Beginning Place. Cover art by Richard Clifton-Dey.