YA FANTASY ; Krenuo's Children
After being brutally murdered, the Croft family appears in Siele, also known as heaven. They have no recollection of their deaths as CEOLIM, the God of Siele, removes any negative memories from their human lives to improve their eternal existences.
However, SAM CROFT, a naive sixteen-year-old, starts regaining memories of his sister, eighteen-year-old CARA, whose existence had been wiped from his and his parents' minds. Worried about what might have happened to her after they all died, Sam searches heaven for her and reaches a cliff where Ceolim tells him Cara is at the bottom. Without telling Sam where it leads, Ceolim talks him into jumping to find her. As he falls out of heaven, Sam’s missing memories return to him and he finally remembers his death: Cara had her whole family murdered.
He falls where his sister was sent to: Krenuo, also known as hell. It is the realm of God Punsaum, a place swarming with unscrupulous people and horrific monsters, but Sam finds himself a group of comrades he could even consider friends. Sam, a pacifist and an idealist, has a hard time adapting to Krenuo as he avoids resorting to violence, which puts his headstrong comrades in danger.
After getting to know his comrades and how they came to Krenuo, Sam realizes that the line between good and bad might not be as clear as he has always believed and that even good people could do bad things if pushed to a certain point. Sam promises himself to not let Krenuo break him and that he will always be someone who belongs in Siele.
For a while, Sam is confused and frustrated as he doesn't understand what his purpose is in Krenuo, until he discovers that Cara is planning to go up to Siele. He realizes that Ceolim manipulated him into falling there to stop her. While Sam still doesn't understand why Ceolim wasn't truthful, since Sam would've helped anyway, he knows Cara has to be stopped. If she succeeds in getting to Siele and Krenuo's terrible inhabitants find out, they'll all go to Siele too. Though a war between Krenuo and Siele scares him, what truly terrifies Sam is the thought of Cara being anywhere near his parents again. Back on Earth, Cara had a troubled relationship with her parents, who disowned her days before she was to be released from a juvenile detention center. She tried for most of her life to get her parents to accept her, but after she killed a dog under their care and they recognized her psychopathic nature, they feared her and doted only on Sam. She still envies and resents him. Now she will chase her family all the way to Siele, but the portal is in the sky. So, she along with her powerful allies obtain a flying beast just as Sam and his comrades arrive to stop her. He tries to talk her out of her quest, but she hears none of it and a fight ensues. She defeats him and starts her journey toward Siele.
Sam, enraged at Cara and terrified she’ll reach his parents, decides there is no more talking. He will protect his parents at all costs. He goes after her, threatening and hurting people who hinder his way, and catches up to her just as she is about to enter Siele. A brutal fight starts between the siblings and Sam wins.
Defeated, Cara explains that she wasn’t going to Siele to hurt their parents. The Crofts’ massacre had been a murder-suicide. After the most important people in her life had disowned her, Cara had killed them, then herself. Now, she was seeking a second chance in Siele. When she learned people in Siele can’t remember the bad things from their earthen lives, she had hoped up there she could finally have a happy relationship with her parents. Because they wouldn't remember her psychopathic nature or the terrible things she had done.
It is now all over and, although he succeeded in saving Siele, Sam does not feel victorious. He feels Krenuo has broken him, as though he has lost himself to the darkness within him.
He is removed from Krenuo and reunites with Ceolim who thanks him for saving Siele and explains why He deceived him: Sam had to believe he was searching for Cara of his own volition. Krenuo is Punsaum’s realm and Ceolim is not allowed to interfere. Punsaum can't find out that Ceolim breached their divine contract or a war between gods would start. When Ceolim tells Sam he's going back to Siele, Sam asks if, after all the bad things he did in Krenuo, he still belongs in Siele. Ceolim tells him that he may no longer belong in Siele but he has never deserved it more.
When Sam returns to Siele, he doesn't remember ever leaving, though he feels out of place and doesn't understand why. But once he sees his parents smiling happily, he feels right back home.