The novel begins in London in the early 1900s. The principal characters are two pre-adolescent children, Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer, Digory being the boy who becomes the Professor Kirke appearing in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The pair are transported to other worlds by the magical experiments of Digory's selfish Uncle Andrew and become caught up in the creation of Narnia and the introduction there of the evil queen Jadis, antagonist of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Although begun shortly after The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the novel took Lewis nearly six years to complete, and includes a number of autobiographical elements from Lewis's own life. It explores several Christian themes, including atonement, original sin, temptation and the order of nature.
The book is dedicated to "the Kilmer family".download HERE