The Guardian Spirit (The Guardians of Nine H...
Lucy Caldwell suffered a disaster in her childhood - her house was burnt, which turned fatal for her parents.
Lucy grew up in a children's house together with other orphans. She could never forget the fire incident and was always sure her parents were murdered. So she always wished to investigate the case when she grew old enough.
Lucy, like all the other children, frequents the Spirit School, where children are taught to control their inner spiritual energy, and when they reach 15 years of age, they befriend spirits that reside in a vast Spirit Forest in East Land, and receive an object from them which permits them to summon their friends whenever they're in need. Each person is able to form a bond with one spirit.
However, there are certain spirits that never approach humans, are known as man-eaters and have marked severe borders on their territory, eating anyone who trespasses on them. Such are the clan of Tailed Foxes - the Huli.
Lucy, as she has already reached 15 years, goes together with her classmates to the Spirit Forest to befriend a spirit and bond with them. However, while sitting around a bonfire and listening to her classmates' scary stories, she remembers the dreadful day of how her house caught fire in past and, worked up, she rushes off into the depths of the forest to cry off her anguish.
But as elders often say, dense forests are definitely not a place for little children to run around... for the danger lies in every corner, as Lucy soon comes to realise...