Alex has loved scary stories his whole life. Now he's trapped in one. After Alex sneaks out in the middle of the night, he becomes imprisoned by the witch Natacha in her magical apartment. Another child in the apartment, Yasmin, assures Alex that she's already tried every means of escape. Only Natacha holds the bonekeys that lead back to their world, and she'll never part from them. But Natacha likes stories. And Alex's only chance for survival is to keep Natacha satisfied by reading her one of his own hair-raising tales each night. Except Alex is running out of new stories--and soon, out of time.