Darel has big dreams. He wants to be a warrior. That might sound a bit strange considering that Darel is a frog.
Darel's father was a great warrior who died in battle. He had been part of a group of poisonous frogs called Kulipari. Darel is determined to follow the same path. So he studies and practices his warrior moves. Only two things stand in his way: He's not poisonous, and there hasn't been a threat to his homeland, the Amphibilands, for many years.
Those two things are enough for fellow frogs to think he's a little nutty. They feel completely secure from their foes, the scorpions and the spiders because of a magical protection called the Veil. "It's a trick of the mind that confuses the enemy when he gets too close," explains Old Jir, a frog elder.
Sergue, the turtle king, created the Veil to protect the frogs after their last encounter with the spiders and scorpions. And it worked for years. When Darel and his pal Gee spot several scorpions just inside the Veil, the warrior talk sounds a lot less ridiculous. Darel sends Gee home to warn the others and sneaks closer to spy on the scorpions.
But Darel is still just one frog against thousands of scorpions and spiders. He's going to need help to fight the ever-nearing invasion. He eventually realizes that a defense of the Amphibilands is going to require every tree frog, swamp frog and wood frog to use his or her talents, no matter how small.