From acclaimed author Michael Cadnum comes the first in a series of novels based on the myths from Ovid's THE METAMORPHOSES. Phaeton is the natural offspring of the Sun, but no one in his village believes him. After Phaeton fights his rival in front of their village over his parentage, he undertakes a long journey to the gates of dawn to confront his father and prove his worth. The trek is demanding, but when he arrives at his father's temple, he is awed and determined. His father grants him his wish: to ride the chariot of the sun. But as Phaeton tries to control the powerful steeds that pull the chariot, he fails and is forced to face his fate.
Young Phaeton is granted one wish by the god Apollo: to drive the chariot of the sun for a day.