Joshua and Timmy were friends that had found a magical land in Riverwood. Joshua followed signs to find the Wishing Tree, which was founded by his great-grandfather Thomas, an explorer. He had overcome fear and become brave enough to be worthy of the magic. Now feeling competent of trying new things and believing in what he cares about, he is looking forward to a new school year. Timmy, though his leg had healed after his accident, was told he couldn't play football this fall or even ride his bicycle yet. He became sad, angry, and lonely. Turning to the computer, he developed a skill and became very good at it. Peer pressure would cause him to question his beliefs, ideals, and values. Through conflict, he finds out who he is and learns to accept himself and others despite their differences. Both boys follow signs and clues to solve the mystery in Great-Granfather Thomas's journal.