Still stinging after his year-long wish to make the school football team is crushed, mischievous, thirteen-year-old Matthew Patterson unintentionally gets revenge on wishes by snatching three coins from an enchanted wishing fountain, altering his and others’ lives forever.
The coins Matthew removed represent three people’s fulfilled wishes, and his act unleashes a catastrophic chain reaction. A young star athlete, about to play in her WNBA championship game, loses the amazing basketball skills she’d wished for. An elderly woman, whose husband wished for her recovery from a life-threatening condition, falls ill again. And in a cruel, ironic twist, Matthew’s mortality slaps him square across the face—the third coin is the coin his parents tossed into the fountain when they wished for a child.
If the coins are not returned to the fountain within twenty-four hours, the wishes—including Matthew—will vanish and be lost forever.
With his best friend, Johnny, Matthew ventures on a life-changing, twenty-four-hour journey, battling demonic forces led by Bolterkein, leader of the mystical creatures known as the Wish Stealers, whose only desire is to stop Matthew and gain power from the lost wishes. Unfortunately, Matthew’s only aid comes from the hapless Wish Defenders who, too, will lose everything if Matthew fails in returning the coins in time.