Part One: The Finding; Midwinter's Eve
• Will Stanton and his brother, James, go to the barn to feed the rabbits, and the birds all shy away from Will, too.
• As Old George brings the hay, Mr. Dawson gets Will to come inside the house.
• He gives Will an iron ornament for his belt and tells him to keep it safe and secret.
• The boys comment on the strange behavior, but James seems to forget about it as soon as they are home.
• Will stays away from his own dogs, realizing that something strange is happening and not wanting to be rejected by his dogs.
• Max returns home while the rest of the family is eating and announces the arrival of the snow storm that Will wants for his birthday.
• Later that night, Will is getting ready for bed in his attic bedroom that he inherited from his eldest...
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