I know that this series is supposed to be classic, loved by one and all, but I must be missing something. I feel very ambivalent about the series and I don't even like Lyra Silvertongue even though she's the heroine. In this book, Lyra meets Will in a world that neither of them come from. It's a world made up only of children although it's obvious that grown-ups were here not too long ago. They learn from the children that the Specters take over the adults until finally they just disappear. Will is searching for his long lost father who never came back from an expedition to the North that he joined many years ago. Lyra consults her althiometer and determines that it is her job to help Will. In the end, Will is summoned by Lord Asriel, Lyra's father. I guess the final book in the series, The Amber Spyglass, will determine whether I like this series enough to continue on to the author's next series starting with The Book of Dust. For now I'm in a wait and see mode.