"At this very moment in the town of Coeur d’Coeurs, young Ned was 9 years, 27 weeks, 6 days and 3 minutes old. His dog, Digby, was 3 years, 2 weeks, 6 days, 5 hours and 9 minutes old. And not a minute older. This was the moment young Ned realized he wasn’t like the other children: nor was he like anyone else, for that matter. Young Ned could touch dead things and bring them back to life."