Nathaniel Fluddâ€™s life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousinÂ—the worldâ€™s last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the worldâ€™s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.Â Â Â Â Â Â Will he be able to see the phoenix safely hatched, keep his accidental pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his guardian from the Bedouin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the worldâ€™s mythical creatures and extinction.Too bad Nateâ€™s not the sort of boy who enjoys adventure . . .yet.