Adam Mordecai hates birthdays. He usually always tries to see the good in everything, but since his life was cursed to end at age seventeen, he's found the marking of age rather horrifying. And now being sixteen, he's old enough for the Arcanum Arcantium, the most important test in his life.
Adam has grown up learning about the Arcanum, a magical place where all supernatural objects are kept. His father has taught him everything about it, including the fact his team is about to retire, and a new team must take their place,a team he wants Adam to be in. With the test in which the new team members are chosen nearing, Adam questions if he's following his dreams, or his parent's.
After the team is chosen, however, the new world of magic and wonder quickly turns deadly after a strange group begins stealing legendary artifacts,and killing anyone who gets in their way. The Arcanum team must learn to work together, and stop them,or not only will the Arcanum be destroyed, but also the world.