A cave with a connection to Lemurians in Mt. Shasta is at the heart of former teacher Sally Landaker's book, “The Cave of the Crystal Skull.”

A cave with a connection to Lemurians in Mt. Shasta is at the heart of former teacher Sally Landaker’s book, “The Cave of the Crystal Skull.”

Landaker, who lives on Black Mountain in Siskiyou County, where the story takes place, is scheduled to sign copies of her book Saturday, Dec. 6, at Village Books in downtown Mount Shasta, beginning at 1 p.m.

Reviewers on Amazon have described her middle grade novel as “a gripping adventure story with an otherworldly touch,” according to a press release.

The story begins as 12-year-old Sonia and her cousin Eric discover a cave while hiking on Black Mountain. Exploring inside, they find “a mystifying crystal skull, a menacing pool of bubbling mud, and a crystalline chamber.”

Both cousins are overwhelmed by the skull’s power and Sonia is caught between her ordinary world and the supernatural/magical one in the cave. She strives to use the skull’s healing power to help her sick younger cousin.

Her difficulties become more profound when she learns of the cave’s connection to Lemurians in Mt. Shasta.

Their young lives are drastically changed by their experience.

Now embarked on a writing career, Landaker states in the press release that her goal was to write a story that invites young people to “search beyond the usual and to realize that there is more to our world that we might imagine.”