Jamie is 19 and fresh out of high school, taking a gap year before committing to four years of post-secondary education before entering the workforce. He’s always been fascinated by Japan and saves up enough money working during the summer to go on an overseas trip for the holidays. He makes his way from Kyushu in the south all the way to snowy Hokkaido in the north, where a strange encounter at an old onsen up in the mountains changes his life forever.
Renowned explorer Evander Gladstone has set off on one of his daring adventures in search of the Mighty Golden Rod of Asclepius, a wand said to possess the power to heal any affliction. Deep in the heart of what the locals call the Forest of Milk, a place none of them dare enter, Evander finds an entrance into a massive underground maze. Evander is sure that the Golden Rod is inside, especially when he figures out the identity of the creature that resides within. Little does he know that the maze is a far deadlier trap than he could have ever imagined.