Elijah laughed. "What, is that some kind of Chinese curse?"
"No," Ming Kai said, flicking the reins. "It is the truth of the world."
And off they went into the heart of America, in search of the wild mulberry. The curse preceded them, blown on the wind through space and time. One hundred years would come and go before it found Helen and Rachel McCallister, Elijah's great-grandchildren, and Markus, the last of Ming Kai's line. Generations would pass before they could be born into the world, but the curse would find them, nonetheless.