But Colt is rescued before any further harm can come to him by Captain Conrad Givens who pilots an amazing invention that flies in the air. Givens takes Colt to the safety of Fort Discovery, a place where Colt learns how important his parents’ scientific work has been—and that he’s not alone. There are many other brilliant children there, as well—children whose parents had extraordinary scientific skills just like Colt’s parents did. And someone is making orphans of them all.
When danger threatens Fort Discovery, there’s only one choice Colt can make. He has to do whatever it takes to protect the enlightened community that exists there—teachers, scientists, and students alike. But how can he defeat the formidable enemy, Anvil Smith? With the help of his friends and Pecos Bill, Colt realizes he’s more than “just a kid”—and saving Fort Discovery is the only way to find out where his parents are!
“Pa! You got it!”
In that same instant, lightning sparked down along the copper shaft of the spyglass. Colt felt all of its power race through his body. The house shook as sand exploded through the walls.
“Jenny! Take Colt into the cellar!”
Colt covered his eyes with his arm to protect them from the sand. He briefly saw his mother lift off the ground.
The next instant, Colt was toppling down into the cellar. Colt looked up at the swirling, sandy world overhead. His father’s hand reached out above him. Colt sprang up reaching for the hand that disappeared as quickly as it appeared. Colt’s world went black as the heavy metal door swung shut. Small traces of dust seeped through the door frame.
When the dust settled, both Randall and Jenny Buchanan were gone.
And they would remain that way for a very long time.