The book is about a girl named Lisa, who is unaware of her capabilities of being a witch. She has a familiar, which is a spirit companion that everyone in this universe apparently has, who is a talking falcon named Archimicarus. She is going on a quest to find her captive father after he is kidnapped by a mysterious unknown one-eyed man.
- Lisa - Main Protagonist
- Archimicarus- Lisa's Familiar
- Plinkman - Lisa's Father (deceased)
- Unknown One-Eyed Man - Main Antagonist
Chapter One: "The Morning Thief"
"Lisa awoke with a start, the echoes of her dreams still dancing in her mind, the low rumble of thunder murmured through the quiet house. The house was deathly still, the only sound Lisa could hear was her own heartbeat pounding in her ears. The hairs on her neck tingled when suddenly -"
Then the book is interrupted by events at the Beach House and no more of it is read.
- Archimicarus' name may have been derived from the names "Archimedes", an ancient Greek physicist, engineer, astronomer, and "Icarus", in Greek mythology, best known for his failed attempt to fly.
- The Unfamiliar Familiar seems to be based off of the novel "Northern Lights" by Phillip Pullman.