Alicia's life is very ordinary. At school she is a cheerleader and does well in her classes. At home she is very loved by her mother and father. Things are about to change for Alicia, and very quickly. Her mother and father have accepted a job out of the country, which means Alicia will be in the care of her beloved grandmother. She is looking forward to the time with her, but almost as soon as she arrives, Alicia can feel something is different. In Alicia's room where she has slept when visiting her grandmother since she was a young girl, there now stands an old grandfather clock. Alicia is intrigued by its hypnotic ticking. Not long after, the dreams begin. Alicia could never imagine that a visit to her grandmother's would change her ordinary life into something magical.
In her dreams Alicia visits another time and place. A dangerous time, when soldiers armed with weapons of destruction decide who deserves to live. Alicia encounters a young man in her dream, Matthias who seems very disturbed to meet her. A part of Alicia is certain that all of this is a dream, but that certainty is no consolation when she hears the screams of a young child. In her dreams children are nothing more than possessions to be taken by the soldiers at their whim. Somehow Alicia has placed herself in the role of defender, as she bribes the soldiers with the promise of emeralds to protect the young children. Alicia is soon caught between the real world, filled with cheer leading, class assignments, and giggling over boys, and the world of her dreams. When her eyes close she is swept away to that dangerous time when there was no safety in being young, when just believing the wrong things or belonging to the wrong group of people, made you a target for bloodthirsty soldiers.
Alicia finds that even when she is awake the dreams are beginning to bleed into her thoughts and memories. Not only that, but she is exhausted! She can barely keep her eyes open, but no matter how much sleep she gets, it feels as if she has never really rested. The moment her eyes slip closed in one world, they open wide in another. As hard as Alicia tries to be helpful to those in danger in her dreams, it seems that every choice she makes only puts them more at risk. Matthias' temper is both frustrating and frightening, and what is worse, he always seems to be right. Each time she travels into these dreams Alicia worries that she will never find her way home again. Is it possible that one day she simply will not wake up?
What will Alicia do?
When she is awake she finds that her grandmother is acting more and more strangely each day.
Find out in I love my grandmother and her mystical blue-violet eyes, the FIRST book of Series 1 (Alicia Adventure Short Story Series)