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Smuggler James Barrie races through his blazing hometown, Bishop's Lynn, in a desperate bid to save his wife and child. Amid the chaos, he discovers his wife, Audrey, frozen in fear while his son, Peter, is ensnared by the mythical faun, Pan. James is incapacitated by Pan's flute and awakens amidst the ruins of a burned stable. The shocking revelation follows: all the children have been abducted. Led by vague clues, James sets sail with his crew to recover them.
Their perilous journey leads them across the British coast, guided by a stowaway claiming to be the last of the Maniot pirates. As trust grows, he hints at knowledge about Pan and the abducted children. After hardships and loss, he cryptically directs them to an unseen island. Once ashore, they encounter a tribe of narites, and gods escalate.
Pan eventually brings them to a camp where the captive children are held. James confronts Dionysos, a Greek god, who offers a deal: Peter in exchange for the other children. Unable to decide, James faces a mutiny. An intervention by the natives leads to unintended tragedy and the revelation that the Maniot is the weakened god Hermes seeking to save his son.
Through dreams and revelations, James uncovers Pan's twisted plans, including using the children's bodies for his survival. The crew's final confrontation with Pan uncovers unexpected truths, divine battles, and James' transformation into the god Apollo. As a desperate stand unfolds, sacrifices are made, revealing Pan's grand scheme.
James battles Dionysos, aided by unexpected allies. Pan's sinister intentions are unveiled, the children's fates hang in balance, and a climactic confrontation alters destiny. James thwarts Pan's ambitions with courage and determination, but not without a heavy price. The tale concludes with unforeseen twists, leaving an indelible mark on James, Peter, and the enigmatic Pan.
Original title: Peter & PAN
Authors: Dimitri Balcaen & James Barrie
Available languages: Dutch and English
Formats: hardcover, softcover and e-book
Number of pages: 272
Genre: Fantasy, NA, retelling