Waking from her nightmare, April Ryan finds out that the real world has its own share of problems. She deals with an obnoxious neighbor, finds a gold ring that has nothing to do with Mount Doom and then talks to a creepy old guy who seems to know way too much about her. And who wants her to meet him in a children’s museum. And that’s before the weird creature jumps out of the jukebox. Good thing she has clean genes for the subway. It’s the loquacious first chapter of The Longest Journey!