Nothing exciting ever happens in Will's hometown, and Will is fine with that. His teacher is concerned about him and wants him to become more confident. When she introduces him to some old stories his life takes an unexpected turn. A stranger with an odd accent shows up soon after he receives the book. The stranger is following him, but Will but doesn't know why.
Will just wants to be left alone.
The stranger has a different plan in mind.
Will is hiking in the woods near his home. He never sees anyone in the woods and is surprised by a stranger. The first installment of Will and Arthur tells the story of how they meet and discloses the stranger's intentions.
Will and Arthur
"What are we looking for?" Will jumped, screamed, and cut his arm on the brush all at the same time. "Who are you? Why are you sneaking up on me?" Will was screaming and every bird within twenty trees had either started calling or was flying wildly away. Will was backing up and trying to focus. The person who had whispered was a man. Older, but not old. Bearded with long hair smoothed back. He looked like he was big, but he was still crouched looking down into the ravine so it was hard to tell. Will finally caught his breath and realized he needed to get as far away as quick as he could. He took off running through the woods back towards home. He looked over his shoulder and was glad to see the stranger wasn't chasing him. He was standing up now with arms crossed, smiling. That gave Will a chill and made him run even faster.