It's Christmas Eve in sleepy little Gambier, Ohio, and a massive snowstorm is giving the rural town more than just a white Christmas. Roads are closed, everything is shut down, and the monster outside is angry, rattling the windows and howling in the chimney.
Harry Ryan has decided to stay at school over winter break to finish his term paper, but it's not going well, and now he regrets the decision that has left him stranded so far from his family. You see, as well as being Christmas, December 25th is also Harry's birthday.
As he looks out his window at the stark and beautiful campus, at the icicles on the bushes along Middle Path, the snow pasted on the windward sides of trees, and the layers of vanilla icing covering the world's chocolate cake, it reminds him of a Christmas a long time ago.
Buffalo Nickel Christmas is Harry's story of that special day. It begins with an ordinary boy in an ordinary world, but as a monster storm approaches and Christmas Eve finally arrives, the boy discovers that he is anything but ordinary, and the world becomes a very magical place indeed.
You will meet some unusual people in this story, and hear unbelievable things. You might even see a wizard and a king or two. Sixteen forevers will pass in this book. That's a very long time. Many magical things can happen when it's sixteen forevers and still no Christmas. Whatever you do, don't listen to that little voice inside your head that tells you it's illogical, that it doesn't make sense. Listen for the whistling teakettle and be ready with your wish.