Fourteen-year-old Elowen Aubyn lives a miserable life in an orphanage. Bullied and lonely, she dreams of escape and adventure, little realising her dreams are about to come terrifyingly real... When the mysterious Tom Hickathrift gives Elowen an ancient map, she is forced to flee. For the map holds a secret, a secret for which many are prepared to kill, a secret that could change the world for ever... The opening part of an epic fantasy trilogy, The Map of the Known World is a tale of magic, adventure and friendship.