It turns out that most of the adult characters in this novel are aliens, one defending earth against the other's attempt to take it over. The only solution? Three quirky kids that reside alongside a dangerous underground fire are recruited (by the sofa) and lured into missions that put them in harm's way of chemical weapons, personality-sucking alien technology, and a giant alien transport that emerges rather quickly through a portal connecting earth with the alien world.
Just when you think it can't get any weirder, it does. I found myself wanting the book to end much sooner, and I wished the story had stay more in the real world. Author Henry Clark has a great knack for turning a phrase and putting words together that most of us would not think of.