"The storm is coming and with it brings another piece of time" Abernathy is a Shielder. Willow could be too, but she has to pass the tests to earn the title and be given the name Shielder Carruther V. It won't be easy. She has to go to the edge - the fringe - and it requires her to stop time. Abernathy says she's not ready, but yet he brings her there. Everything is different and yet the same as here. Down is up - up is down. Turvy is topsy. Things that go bump in the night here, exist there. Magic is alive in the fringe. Willow has to learn to harness energy and keep the things from leaving the fringe and entering the regular world through ley lines and portals. Abernathy is missing and his magic is failing. Willow needs help if she's to keep the wild things from breaching the fringe. But what comes to assist, she never expected to see in her wildest dreams. Willow's now learning that beyond the fringe of time, magic makes the wild happen.