In the midst of his mother's struggle with cancer, fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold has the opportunity to take the trip of a lifetime. Accompanying his fearless grandmother, a magazine reporter for International Geographic, Alexander sets off on an expedition to the dangerous, remote world of the Amazon. Their mission, along with the other members of their team -- including a renowned anthropologist, a local guide and his young daughter Nadia, and a doctor -- is to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as The Beast. Under the dense canopy of the jungle, Alexander is amazed to discover much more about the hidden worlds of the rain forest. Drawing on the strength of the jaguar, the totemic animal Alexander finds within himself, and the eagle, Nadia's spirit guide, both young people are led by the invisible People of the Mist on a thrilling journey to the ultimate discovery -- the mythical jeweled city of El Dorado and the gateway to the City of the Beasts.
In the first book of a trilogy, internationally celebrated novelist Isabel Allende leads readers on an epic voyage -- teeming with magical realism -- into the heart of the Amazon.